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The White House Cry Babies

October 20, 2009

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Harry Truman once famously observed:

If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen.

The crew now inhabiting the Obama White House cannot even stand room temperature.  It seems that Fox News is just raising the heat a bit too much for their tastes by challenging the administration on a number of key issues – the only TV station to do so on a regular basis.   As Chris Wallace said on The Factor, the Obama team  is made up of a bunch of whining crybabies.

Rather than address the issues head on and defend their positions on the merits under aggressive questioning, the Obama administration has sent out its heavy artillary in an effort to undermine Fox’s legitimacy as a news organization.  It’s too bad that they are not going after the real problems facing this country with the same fervor.

First, we heard from Anita Dunn, Obama’s Communications Director and admirer of Chairman Mao’s philosophy.  She said that the administration would treat Fox News like an “opponent” rather than a real news organization.  I guess that she defines a real news organization the way that her idol Mao did – government-controlled.   Indeed, control of the media is exactly what she and her comrades believe they have achieved – except for that pesky band of renegades at Fox News:

Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control.

Over the past weekend, David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel took their turns on the “mainstream” Sunday talk shows delivering the same line of attack against Fox News and suggesting that the other networks follow the administration in marginalizing Fox.   When Richard Nixon tried similar tactics back in the days of Watergate and Vietnam, he was roundly criticized for trying to intimidate the press.  Where is the outcry from the Fourth Estate now?

So what has Fox News done to evoke the ire of the Obama administration?  Shockingly, it has done what the press is supposed to do in this country – challenge the veracity of government-dispensed spin.

Obama’s tendency to surround himself with far left-wing advisors who are in a position to influence his thinking is fair game.  ACORN’s corruption is fair game.  The administration’s claims that Obamacare will be deficit neutral and not ration care for the elderly are fair game.   The administration’s claims to have rescued the economy in the face of a record trillion dollar plus deficit and 9.8% unemployment is fair game.  The administration’s dithering in Afghanistan is fair game.

If this administration is too afraid to take up the challenges by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity to respond to their criticisms on their programs, there is little hope that it will find any backbone in dealing with real threats coming from the likes of Iran, North Korea or Russia.

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12 Comments
  1. Jack Hampton permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:04 am

    Another fine post I believe that Czar Putin perceives the current occupant of 1600 Pa. a sissy and believes he can do pretty much as he wishs. As a matter of fact I believe all of the above mentioned foes fell the very same way.

  2. LanceThruster permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:43 am

    from: http://thinkprogress.org/2009/10/19/perino-msnbc/

    Perino admits the Bush administration essentially froze out MSNBC ‘towards the end.’

    As part of the ongoing White House v. Fox News battle, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace complained yesterday that “as they’ve done every week since August, the White House refused to make any administration officials available to ‘FOX News Sunday.’” On Fox and Friends this morning, host Brian Kilmeade tried to paint a contrast between the Obama administration and the Bush administration, telling former Bush press secretary Dana Perino, “not only did you not go after” networks critical of Bush, “you gave them interviews, as did the president.” Perino corrected him, however, saying that “towards the end,” the Bush administration largely froze out MSNBC:

    KILMEADE: And not only did you not go after them, you gave them interviews, as did the president.

    DOOCY: Sure.

    KILMEADE: Gave them all interviews. Read Ronald Reagan’s diaries…

    PERINO: Towards the end we didn’t do a lot with MSNBC. That’s, that is the case.

    Perino said that it would have been “a bridge too far” for her to “go after MSNBC” from the White House Briefing Room. But she seems to be forgetting the public letter that her White House colleague Ed Gillespie sent to NBC News President Steve Capus, in which Gillespie accused NBC and MSNBC of blurring the line between “news” and “opinion.” As ThinkProgress noted last week, Fox News cheered on Gillespie’s shot at NBC.

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    Sauce for the goose and all that…

    • Kevroc permalink
      October 20, 2009 11:23 pm

      I think “blurring the line” is different than outright claiming that FOX NEWS is not a news orginization.

      Some programs are news programs and others are a critique or opinion. For example, Beck has said numerous times on both his television and radio programs that he is not a news program. He may break news as it becomes available but, is not marketed as a “news” show per se.

      Not granting an interview or ignoring them is one thing. But, to go on an all-out offensive and even hire people to go after them is quite a bold move, imo. It is an outright attack on the first amendment and I believe does the WH more harm than good as it may be interpreted as disrespect and/or disregard for the Constitution.

      Maybe we hold certain writings above the Constitution these days…

      Like these.. http://chineseposters.net/images/zrz03.jpg

  3. LanceThruster permalink
    October 20, 2009 4:24 pm

    It’s also worth pointing out just how often Fox “News” would “inadvertently” switch the “R” to “D” when identifying politicians caught in a scandal.

    Oops! indeed.

  4. shane comeback permalink
    October 21, 2009 3:15 am

    http://www.thepeoplescube.com/red/viewtopic.php?t=4221#
    for a laugh on the subject

  5. FlashBack permalink
    October 21, 2009 8:01 am

    It’s also worth pointing out just how often Fox “News” would “inadvertently” switch the “R” to “D” when identifying politicians caught in a scandal.
    Oops! indeed.
    ************************************

    Seems to me that I recall clips of CNN / MSNBC having the same sort of screw-ups…I haven’t seen any of the big red circle-slash marks through a pic of Biden like they did to Cheney.

  6. November 9, 2009 6:45 am

    The individuals nesting in the White House and Congress all need replacing at the earliest opportunity. We do not need Muslim terrorist supporters trying to ruin and Islamize our country and we do not need leftists doing their best to impoverish Americans into serfdom.

    Out with all of them! Send ’em all to Saudi Arabia and see how they like real hatred.

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