Obama goes on offensive against Fox News

The point of this is to create further division among the people who buy into the false two party ideology. The sad thing is that it will probably work just as “they” hope.

From Raw Story:

This week, the Obama administration quietly announced their intentions concerning a change in behavior towards Fox News, reports the NYT’s David Carr. No longer comfortable ignoring the animosity the news network directs at the president, “We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,” Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, said in an interview with the Times.

Until a month ago, the conflict between Fox News and Barack Obama only went in one direction. As soon as Obama was in office, promotion and coverage of tax day ‘tea parties’ was aimed at the new president. More recently, the extreme right-wing statements of Glenn Beck drew attention to the infamous network. The discovery of Van Jones’ past activism and the coverage of the investigation contributed to the dislike between both parties.

Fox News Network’s general offensive against president Obama has been paying off: according to Carr, ratings are up 20% this year.

Obama has much more to lose than Fox News. On the campaign trail, one of his hallmark traits was the ability to take the higher road and be above partisan squabbling. “I will listen to you,” he declared after emerging as the victor, “especially when we disagree.”

But the disagreements that Fox News and Obama’s administration have are just too big to overcome. On September 20th, the president appeared on all the Sunday talk shows except Fox News’. As a guest on CNN, Anita Dunn explained, “What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party.”

Additionally, the White House has told Fox News not to expect presidential access until at least 2010.


5 Responses

  1. Imagine what would have happened if the Bush administration did the same to MSNBC?

  2. I think every media outlet that behaves as Fox has behaved — whether pro-right or pro-left — deserves this. It’s only rational.

  3. I don’t know if they deserve it or not, but they used to say this about the newspapers “never argue with those who buy ink by the barrel”. News networks have more reach than the papers did. I don’t know if that’s a road the White House wants to take with the news network with the highest ratings…

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  5. Typical Chicago thug political tactics. You don’t love us. You are exposing us. So, we’ll demean you and marginalize you.

    What a joke.

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