Re: The Nazis have arrived
- From: nick c <nchen711@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 12:27:23 -0700
The White House escalated its offensive against Fox News on
Sunday by urging other news organizations to stop "following Fox"
and instead join the administration's attempt to marginalize the
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN that President
Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to]
basically be led in following Fox."
Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on
media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is
"not a news organization."
"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that
way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not
going to treat them that way."
By urging other news outlets to side with the administration,
Obama aides officials dramatically upped the ante in the war of
words that began earlier this month, when White House
communications director Anita Dunn branded Fox "opinion
journalism masquerading as news."
On Sunday, Fox's Chris Wallace retorted: "We wanted to ask Dunn
about her criticism, but, as they've done every week since
August, the White House refused to make any administration
officials available to 'FOX News Sunday' to talk about this or
The White House stopped providing guests to 'Fox News Sunday'
after Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy
Duckworth, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans
Affairs, in August. Dunn said fact-checking an administration
official was "something I've never seen a Sunday show do."
"She criticized 'FOX News Sunday' last week for fact-checking --
fact-checking -- an administration official," Wallace said
Sunday. "They didn't say that our fact-checking was wrong. They
just said that we had dared to fact-check."
At the present time, Fox news ratings are far above the other news channels. If other channels refuse to cover news stories of interest, Fox will grow and become the preferred news source. The administration has merely displayed they have created another blunder.
News channels may err and at times not be quite correct in their reporting of news. Some channels don't report controversial news that may be unfavorable to the administration. But consider also, the administration has not been truthful at times.
If we didn't have the Constitution, I've no doubt the administration would shut down Fox. That should be food for thought as to how this administration would operate if they could do the things they would want to do. For sure, the administration would not like newsmen to fact-check and disclose their findings.
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