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The First Draft: White House vs. Fox News

October 19, 2009

In case you’ve not been paying attention, the White House is feuding with Fox News.

In the latest salvo, President Obama’s senior political adviser David Axelrod told ABC’s “This Week” that Fox’s programming “is not really news” but “pushing a point of view.”

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel echoed those remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday, saying Fox “is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.”

The White House began pushing back against Fox’s coverage of the Obama administration a week ago after the president won the Nobel Peace Prize.

White House communications director Anita Dunn noted that conservatives who were “rejoicing” over Obama’s failure to bring home the Olympics seemed “quite bitter” about the Nobel prize.

“Fox News often operates almost as either as the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” she said.

“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,” Dunn said.

Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush’s political adviser, told “Fox News Sunday” the White House was dominated by “Chicago-style politics.”

OBAMA-TURKEY/“If you don’t like the questions that are being asked by Major Garrett or Wendell Goler or Chris Wallace, then you try and demonize Fox News,” Rove said.

News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch saw a bright side to the White House attacks.

“There were some strong remarks coming out of the White House about one or two of the commentators on Fox News,” Murdoch told an annual meeting of News Corp. shareholders. “And all I can tell you is that it’s tremendously increased their ratings.”

Despite all the back and forth between the two sides, the White House says Obama will accept interviews with the network.

“We’re going to appear on their shows,” Axelrod told ABC. “We’re going to participate, but understanding that they represent a point of view.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama with Emanuel and Axelrod at a meeting in Turkey in April)

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The liberal Maoists in the White House despair that we conservatives want the socialist to fail completely in everything he attempts. They say we must want America to fail if we cheer with the Obamasiah fails, well that is not true. We believe that the only way America can succeed is if the nefarious socialist policies of the Marxist in chief utterly collapse.

Posted by Rob | Report as abusive
 

Of course they “represent a point of view”… So does MSNBC and Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, etc. I would like to thank the White House for driving more viewers to Fox News, where they can hear the side of the news that CNN, MSNBC and others won’t pursue.

Posted by Doug | Report as abusive
 

It is very obvious that Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. These people give view of the news and report it as fact. The people that watch Fox News are being led to believe that the Obama Administration is totally wrong in their views. Fox doesn’t report facts, they report their opinion. Frankly, their point of view is not news.

Posted by Progressive | Report as abusive
 

This stategy was used by Richard Nixon don’t remember it working well for him. Also did Mr. Axelrod also say he was adoptimg Keith Obermann and rachel Maddow as there new TV czars??

Posted by Russell Freeman | Report as abusive
 

To be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize when you are President of the US, a country that is perpetually at war, currently engaged in two wars and threatening others is ridiculous. For Mr. Gore to be awarded the same prize for an unconfirmed global warming theory is questionable as well. The legitimacy of a Nobel Peace Prize has become practically meaningless.

 

Hmmmm. Let me see. Fox News has a point of view but MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC are pristine news organizations that don\’t ever have a point of view.

Yeah right and if you believe that you probably also believe that Roman Polansky is being treated unfairly.

More to the point – does the President and his staff have nothing better to do than to whine like spoiled children about their coverage on Fox? I say \”spoiled children\” intentionally because that\’s how that Obama and his team have been treated by the other so-called new organizations – spoiled rotten by fawning coverage.

Posted by Thomas J. Rice | Report as abusive
 

The Obama adminstration claims transparency but rather than respond to public concerns and debate the issues in question, they try to stifle anyone who thinks differently or does not agree with their policies. FOX has beat out every other news station in ratings for years so people are watching them. The president ought to listen to what the people are saying and embrace questioning of bad policy to make it better.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive
 

With the sole exception of Fox, the entire media served as a propaganda arm of the Obama campaign. Any candidate who was a threat was consistently and systimatically attacked, while Acorn, Fannie May,(and absolutely no executive experience on Obama’s part), was glossed over or completely ignored.

Posted by phil | Report as abusive
 

How can the capital of the United States of America, a powerful global player, a beacon for the arts, a pleasant place to live become the center of a fanatical and destructive leftist agenda?
It is no coincidence that the powers that be in the Obama administration are “willing” to lower their standards and “appear” on Fox News. It is so very comical. The ratings are up at Fox and the other networks are suffering because people are not watching.

Absolute truth hurts and the ACORN, Van Jones and Jennings exposes did not appear on any other network but Fox. Professional journalism is a very rare commodity within the leftist media today. Obviously the Obama team is running scared. They have no choice but to appear on Fox.

Proper manners demand that one of your czars contact Glen Beck before setting up a meeting on television. It is my understanding that the red phone is available 24/7. Just pick up the phone and dial.

Posted by Patricia Kelley | Report as abusive
 

Do You Remember Nixon’s “Enemies List”? Can You Say, ”Enemies Of The People”?

The Obama administration’s attacks on Fox News, banks, “greedy” specialists (but not nice family doctors), Wall Streeters, Glenn Beck, medical insurers and auto company bondholders should remind us that its populist/socialist programs and its political and media tactics echo those of Italy’s Falange in the 1920s, the Peronistas in Argentina in the 1940s and, the Chavezistas in Venezuela today.

Posted by Marshall Davidson | Report as abusive
 

Remember, FOX is the network that brought us the “News” on Feb 15, 2001 that the original NASA Moon landings were faked. Locate a nearby Natural History museum and look at some Moon rocks there. Then click on Google scholar (in the extended list of options) and enter “Moon rocks” – see the thousands of scientific papers based on them. After that change your favorite channel to a NASA news channel or anything but FOX. Do not be outFOXed again.

 

Nobody cares what dead fish emmanuel or axlerod have to say. They don’t care to point out that the so called networks push their point of view. This whole admininstration is filled with mistruths and deception beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.

Posted by Frank | Report as abusive
 

Heaven forbid anyone criticizes Obama!

One of the main purposes of having a democracy in the first place is to allow dialogue and discussion. The president of the United States should be challenged at times.

While I am rooting for Obama – as this country needs a great and effective leader now more than ever – the general media terrifies me. It’s like Obama can do no wrong. Did anyone see CNN’s report on the SNL skit poking fun at Obama? CNN tried to CORRECT the statements made in the skit. Where was CNN when SNL poked fun at Bush or any other Republican for that matter?

Posted by Katherine | Report as abusive
 

I am not a fan of Fox News, but the behavior of the WH in this instance comes across as petty and childish. Also, I feel that the majority of news organizations have abandoned their principles by sucking up to this administration and failing to hold their feet to the fire.

The central purpose of journalism is (SUPPOSED TO)provide citizens with accurate and reliable information they need to function in a free society and journalists are (SUPPOSED TO) be loyal to the citizens first and foremost. What I see today is that journalism itself has become another form of PR and the majority of news outlets are loyal to advertisers and political interests above all else(Fox News included).

Posted by Gabby | Report as abusive
 

There is a difference between reporting the news and stating an opinion, Fox makes it very clear in it’s recent “reporting” and by it’s treatment of our last president which side they favor. This is not limited to Fox News, it is standard in all of Rupert Murdoch’s media outlets.
All of the major 24 hour news channels are guilty of not reporting real news and all have a slant to their expressed view, however Fox is over the top.
I know I’m going to take a bashing over this but if you want investigative journalism, well spoken quests from BOTH SIDES of the political aisle and as little spin as possible, listen to Nation Public Radio. You might be surprised at how unbiased or fair and balanced it really is.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

I am a journalist. Have been for 25 years. FOX is not news. It is normal for a group of powerful people not to want to be bothered by frivolous questions about birth certificates and death panels. That is why FOX deserves what it is getting.

I mention being a journalist… because when I go to interview some VIP, and I have a few under my belt, I always make sure I am asking logical and relevant questions. Sometimes even intelligent ones. That requires preparation.

 

i think the obama administration should come clean as to what they really stand for and want to accomplish. just like fox news keeps asking them to do.

 

……. so now the White house is getting a little of their own medicine. Dont like it? Tough. Good for FOX. The moment we allow ourselves to be bullied into silent submission by those in power, that is the moment we have lost our freedom. The rest of American media should pay heed and quit feeding on the slop fed to them by those in power — of all political stripes.

Posted by Mede Cine | Report as abusive
 

If the administration’s policies were truly the will of the people, would there be any opposition to Fox? No. Why?- because Fox would be reporting that the people were behind the President’s vision.

Lately, the problem for the White House is that they are forcing an unpopular idea down America’s throats about the government’s role. Fox is simply making sure that viewers know that the majority of Americans do not embrace the left, nor are they in favor of the White House agenda.

Judging by the Fox ratings alone, it appears that the people are speaking, but the competition would never follow suit because they are committed to the administration right or wrong. Too bad for them. If they don’t balance some of their left-slanted commentary, they will soon dissappear all together.

Posted by Robert Meade | Report as abusive
 

When did it become assumed that politics must be a debate? Why has the entire country bought into the media construct of partisan politics, eating up whatever their favorite pundit says? Why cant our democracy get back to what it is supposed to be: a government by the people and for the people. Im afraid most people think that government is supposed to be an argument. Is it too idealistic to want democracy to be what it is supposed to be?

Posted by Kyle Schaap | Report as abusive
 

I think the most important point was that the relaxation of antitrust laws created our present media cycle and there is evidence of a need for correction and divestiture of certain media assets by both liberal and conservative media.

by breaking up the media conglomerations, the news business will revert to the mean of newsreporting and not spouting of opinion.

Which we can all do now, so to watch it is really counter productive. We require the facts to develop our own opinions, the president is right that there is a drought of factual content.

The wall street journal is going into an obvious state of decline into tabloid style content.

 

I’m a little l Libertarian, so I could care less about either of our 2 big government loving parties.

As far as news goes Fox takes the cake for being the most biased, it’s not a coincidence the people always defending Fox are party line voting Republicans.

There’s a million examples on youtube of how they twist things. My favorite video clip is when Rupert Murdoch is on a C-SPAN interview coming right out and saying the network supports Bush and the War in Iraq. Even very few neocons at this point say the War in Iraq was a smart war to go to.

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive
 

Peter N…Fox TV (the channel featuring the Moon hoax series) and Fox News (the news channel) are different channels.

A better warning would be to not watch TV because MSNBC and CNN are TV channels.

Posted by M Smith | Report as abusive
 

Willing to bet that the the comments on this page are coming from some interns at Fox news or some addled retiree in Kansas under different screen names.

I’ll just add that with the exception of MSNBC, the other news networks do a good job of being fairly impartial in their coverage. It’s just that conservatives generally can’t stand it if Obama is portrayed in any positive light. And if Obama is: the network which perpetrated such a “vile” act is immediately lambasted as being “liberal”.

Fox news on the other hand pretty much spews out anti-Obama 24/7 and the white house is certainly justified for being critical of Fox news as a legitimate source of news.

Posted by Brian | Report as abusive
 

High School in America! Folks, there are crazies out there that have nothing and are working overtime to get what we have and destroy us so they can rule. Do you want to wake up to their rules? Being a woman I am not excited about that. This petty business coming out of my political chiefs office is teenage 14 year old childishness. Mr.Obama needs to tend MY store, my business and grow some tough skin. How can he represent me when he is sore about being called names? Grow up. Dissent is our Secret. We Americans practice constant political revolution without terror. Fox news and opinion is a gift.

Posted by Lenora Mobley | Report as abusive
 

You gotta love the left!!!! Freedom of speech to the LEFT only!! These guys love Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro and soon they will try to silence all dissidents including Fox News and Radio Talk Show.. then Tea Parties… but they just forget that the American people will stand together!
God Bless America
God Bless the Constitution

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive
 

The news channel that hired Karl Rove as a frequent commentator thinks it’s unfair to call Fox News a partisan propaganda outlet. That’s RICH. It was, after all, George W. Bush who became the first modern president to refuse literally every interview request from the New York Times over the span of nine years. The Bush White House frequently went after NBC News, accusing the network of deceptive editing and blurring the lines between news and opinion. The Bush team treated NBC and MSNBC as political opponents.

Did Rove call this “Chicago style politics”? I don’t recall him complaining at the time.

Karl Rove is an embarrassingly partisan hack. It’s been his role for so long, it’s entirely expected. But it’s the kind of attacks he launches that are so amusing.

Rove ran a White House that embraced a “permanent campaign,” so he’s accused the Obama team of embracing a “permanent campaign.” Rove embraced the politics of fear, so he’s accused Obama of embracing the politics of fear. Rove relied on “pre-packaged, organized, controlled, scripted ” political events, so he’s accused Obama of relying on “pre-packaged, organized, controlled, scripted” political events. Rove looked at every policy issue “from a political perspective,” so he’s accused Obama of looking at every policy issue “from a political perspective.”

It’s hard to launch political attacks that are ironic, hypocritical, and examples of projection, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from the RNC News– I mean– Fox News Channel.

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive
 

Also one other thing, for the people who think democrats just own the media. Think back to the 2000-2004 when nobody in the media questioned the Iraq War, everybody in the media thought Bush was the savior of the United States, everybody in New York thought Mayor Giuliani was a God amongst amongst men.

Party in power is gonna get good media publicity in the early going, if you don’t like, stop liking your garbage parties.

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive
 

it’s honestly amazing/frightening how many straw man and slippery slope fallacies seem to surface through the news networks of modern day. rather than people being led by facts, they seem to be led by fear (not specifically targeting FOX in this comment) as news networks struggle to gain ratings they seem to side either left or right in their tone of ‘reporting.’ What needs to be done with news is the same that needs to be done with politics in this country; they need to ACTUALLY be fair and balanced, rather than just stating it every once in a while before returning to their one-sided coverage. Mainstream journalism has entered a sad period and i see no future in sight where integrity returns to reporting. lets just hope i’m wrong

Posted by clay | Report as abusive
 

You mean a network will side with a political viewpoint?
GASP!!!!!
So, all was well when the majority public opinion favored
this administration.
But, now due to revelations about Van Jones and others in this clown parade, there is a problem?
Admittedly Foxnews is not sympathetic to Obama and his entourage. How is that different than the general media treatment of Bush?
Furthermore, it was OK for the general media to dissent with the Bush white house but not OK with the Obama white house? GET REAL!!!!AND GET OVER IT!!!!!
Its called freedom of speech.
Media bias was the bane of the republicans and now its turning into the bane of the socialists.
YOU DESERVE IT

Posted by madjack | Report as abusive
 

Is the real problem that Fox News “represents a point of view” or that it doesn’t represent the adminstration’s point of view.

Not all the media can report the news as if they are on the White House payroll. You have enough of that with CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, and the list goes on and on.

Posted by J Ziegler | Report as abusive
 

We’ve lived for years with the most biased one-sided political commentary being “told” by spokespersons for our national media…whether written or TV “entertainment.” There has never been anything coming close to honest, direct or impartial journalism. Decency, morality, truth have all been the losers when it comes to our sources of “information”.Fox News is the only outlet that even comes remotely close to getting the facts to the American people.If the truth hurts, you call it biased reporting rather than “telling it like it is.” No one from our new Marxist government has ever given a straightforward answer to any issue they’ve been confronted with.All we’ve had is the greatest dog and pony show ever produced.If an individual has a smidgeon of intelligence they see the current pack of wolves running this country for what they are.Wheelers, dealers,con-men, and the most flagrant evaders eroders of the Constitution to ever walk the hallowed halls of the WH.If more people would investigate a front page headline from the NY Times,the Washington Post,any other TV or radio station instead of taking the words as Gospel, they’d learn for themselves what’s really taking place in the name of “American leadership” and it and all it’s players would have to face treason charges at the very least.Thank goodness for an organization like Fox News that isn’t cowering in its boots for fear of repercussions from the power brokers in control today.Go Fox!

Posted by William | Report as abusive
 

Will the Obama administration start boycotting MSNBC because it is biased?

 

Contrary to what many of you think, it’s not a republican channel. I’ve been a registered democrat for 48 years. But I watch Fox a lot to get the facts. On the Obama channels (MSNBC and NBC) all facts are distorted toward a very liberal viewpoint including on their regular newscasts. Other channels have a tendency to slant the news but not nearly as bad. Fox has their Obama haters (Hannity) and their Obama lovers (Rivera) and Glenn Beck (who doesn’t like either party). And regular contributors from both sides. On these shows you expect to hear what you tune in for. But their newscasts seem to be presented by more professional journalist that doesn’t show so much bias. They present the information without a slant.

I tune in to all news channels at different times. But when I hear something political on another channel that doesn’t seem to ring true, I turn on fox and try to find it there. There you can usually hear all sides of a story.

When I turn on someone like Hannity or Maddow (which is very, very seldom) I expect slanted opinions. But when I watch the news on any channel, I want factual reporting with no idea for whom the reporter is voting. The reporters should question. This past election was the most biased in my memory. The reporter were so openly for Obama and refused to ask any hard question or follow through on any leads (Ayers, Reverend Wright etc.) it should have been very embarrassing to them.

That may be why Fox is outrating all of them. So maybe they should ask questions, present all sides of the story and keep their personal opinions hidden, at least until they get their own commentary show.

Posted by Phyllis Carnes | Report as abusive
 

Earlier this year Fox News and Fox Business Channel repeatedly asserted that the stock market collapse was all Barack Obama’s fault. Some Fox anchors even managed to blame Obama for the economic mess before he was inaugurated. “Obama, since he’s elected, has tanked the markets,” Fox News’ Sean Hannity said in March.

So, now that the Dow has climbed 3,500 points and last week topped 10,000 again, what do our friends over at Fox Business Channel have to say for themselves?

Once again, proving that they are beyond parody, Neil Cavuto now claims the stock market rebound is evidence of a “Bush recovery”.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive
 

Fox is not acting as a news station. They are clearly taking a side. Therefore they should not be treated differanty than any other political advertisment. They must be countered. The real news story is why aren’t the other Democrates standing up to Fox. They are just a Republican party mouth piece.

Posted by Franklin Fields | Report as abusive
 

You’ve got to be kidding! If the Bush administration had pulled the same stunt with MSNBC (make that MSDNC) there would be a glass shaterring squeal from the Left that would wake the voting dead.

Let’s review… ABC’s George Stephanopoulos: Former Senior Clinton Campaign advisor and Clinton White House Commuications Director. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Former Carter Speechwriter and top aide to former Demctratic House Speaker Tip O’Neill. NBC’s late Tim Russert former chief of staff to U.S. Democtratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Anyone detecting a pattern here???

For Dunn and Axelrod to act as if Fox News is the only network with a “point of view” is the height of thin-skinned absurdity.

Posted by Phillip | Report as abusive
 

Doesnt the Obama administration have anything better to do? Someone disagrees with them – SO WHAT? EVERY president has had media difficulties. Had Obama worked and earned his way to the top he would have developed the thick skin to take the heat. Instead he and his administration whine, complain, use personal attacks with ANYONE who dares to disagree with the policies being shoved down our throat. Fox doesn’t wallow in the drool dripped from other media and the Whitehouse under the cult-like influence of their handpicked leader. Obama and admin should grow up or get out if they can’t take the heat.

Posted by L Davis | Report as abusive
 

Franklin Fields,

Differently-Democrats

It is hard enough to read your anti-Fox comments without the spelling errors.

Posted by Leslie | Report as abusive
 

Is there really anybody out there who doesn’t think that Fox News is a Republican network? The only people that I have ever heard tell me that they think the channel is balanced in their news coverage are Republicans. If you are a Democrat or a moderate independant and you truly think Fox News provides fair and balanced news coverage, please say so. I fully expect the silence to be deafening. Also, Fox said that they cover the news and then offer editorials and that smart people can tell the difference. Well thank you for the vote of confidence Fox News, but when every single editorial you offer sounds like Rush Limbaugh cat nip, I don’t think you can call yourself fair and balanced.

Posted by Mike | Report as abusive
 

I’m getting pretty sick of the White House trying to neutralize and/or marginalize everyone with a point of view that doesn’t line up with theirs.

This summer I attended a town hall meeting on healthcare reform. I went to this meeting because I got an email invitation from Obama For America. It said that my senator would be there to talk about healthcare reform. She wasn’t. The meeting wasn’t about healthcare. Etc., etc.

I wrote to my newspaper expressing my disappointment. The next morning they had a front page article about how the right wing agitators were stirring up the senator’s constituents who were trying to access her regular constituent service hours held at various places around the state. She said that the right wing should be ashamed.

Huh? FOX is certainly not the only one with a viewpoint. So I don’t believe any of the media-they spend all their time telling us how to think instead of telling us what to think about. Instead of reporting news, they spend at least 23 hours a day interpreting and rehashing the same stories.

And as for the president, he is obviously not interested in being president of the nation-only president of those who think just like him or won’t express any dissenting opinions.

Posted by SickofMarginalizaing | Report as abusive
 

On Oct 20, 2009, at 8:58 AM, “Judith S. Merrill” wrote:

> Yo there–99 here, Judith Spencer Merrill, Clinton Democrat…Hillary
> will remember me. I have our photo on my desk in Ireland.

> Anyway, just last night, I googled to be sure on this and it’s true.
> I am so sick of Fox News’ flag waving and such, as Fox News is the ONLY
> news station that is factually UN-American! Every time a citizen of
> the USA watches it, they are lining the pockets of non-
> Americans: Rupert Murdock is
> AUSTRALIAN!! FOX IS AN AUSTRALIAN TV STATION, EVERY ONE OF Fox Stations are FOREIGN OWNED, no different from Iranian TV! They are hostile, spewing propaganda, both of them and should be shunned by every ethical news company in America. As an Editor who won the Southern Interscholastic Press Asso Award in the 60′s for high school journalism, Fox represents nothing more than Yellow Journalism by textbook definition!
>
> The other main stations, ABC, CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, etc are AMERICAN OWNED
> AND DESERVE TO BE IN THE NEWS ROOM AT THE WHITE HOUSE. FOX
> DOESN’T…IT ISN’T AN AMERICAN STATION!!!
>
> Please speak to Rahm and others and make this public…explain that
> Fox has no more business in the Press Room that other foreign
> stations…they are there AS A COURTESY, NOT A RIGHT!!
>
> And, to be truthful, as one who spends half my year in my home in
> Ireland, we note, by my journalism education, at the feet of some
> profound folks some I know personally, such as Charlie McDowell, Al
> Jazeera provides us better, fairer, more accurate coverage on all
> issues stateside in America than Fox does. The Al Jazeera bureau in
> both Washington and London SHOULD be offered on our cable stations at
> home…but nooooooo, we can’t get this on our cable station in Dallas.
> Fox is there…but not any of the other foreign stations we enjoy,
> such as RTE.
>
> So, there…let is be known once and for all, FOX IS NOT AMERICAN!!!!
>
> And, thanks for all you did for Hillary, Bill and what you continue to
> do to carry The Banner of my Beliefs (as I say to Bill and Hill) into
> the political fray. I am grateful that you are there, speaking truth
> in the face of so many, many lies and hooray for shunning Fox! They are the worst of Redneck, Rightwing forces in America. Our Irish friends cannot believe
> how stupid Americans who watch Fox are…they are actually quite sad and concerned for America’s educational failure to show such ignorance for the truth.
>
>
> Thanks again,
> Judith S. Merrill
>

Posted by Judith Spencer Merrill | Report as abusive
 

The rise of Fox News goes hand in hand with the decline of American Education.

The dumber we get, the higher their profits will go.

And if anyone hasn’t read my earlier comments on this blog, I hate Obama so don’t try and use the “Obamaniac” cop out on me.

Posted by Michael Ham | Report as abusive
 

You gotta love the left!!!! Freedom of speech to the LEFT only!! These guys love Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro and soon they will try to silence all dissidents including Fox News and Radio Talk Show.. then Tea Parties… but they just forget that the American people will stand together!
God Bless America
God Bless the Constitution

- Posted by Jim

It’s not about freedom of speech Jim, it’s about accurately reporting the news. Fox is free to say whatever they want, and they do, but their “reporting” is weak and one sided.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive
 

I think he truly sees himself as a victim. He disregards how the other networks have treated previous presidents or how they still treat Republicans on Capitol Hill. He ignores the fact that the tougher that Fox News gets on him and his administration, the softer that the big three networks, CNN, and MSNBC get in their coverage of the “maligned” Chief Executive. He feels mistreated and misrepresented, and he wants the world to know that Fox News is the one in the wrong here. He is absolutely blind to the cover he has been / is provided by the Popular Rule on a daily basis. He wants to focus on the “biased” coverage he receives from one network while he takes for granted through his divine providence the favorable coverage he receives from everybody else.

What the president seems to overlook here are two glaring points that he either ignores or is blissfully ignorant to. One is that maybe – just maybe – Fox News is providing a valuable service to the nation by offering balance to the News world that has been Left-Leaning for so long that it began to hardly even notice; and two that maybe Fox News is simply a shining example of capitalism at work. There is obviously a demand for their version of news reporting and if there were not, Fox News would likely be filled with programs chasing Hollywood actors around town with the hopes of catching a bad hair day.

I am not foolish or naive enough to believe that Fox News is “Fair and Balanced.” I can see their Right-Leaning message for what it is. What Liberal Progressives like President Obama cannot now (or ever) begin to understand is that we as Republicans or conservatives have the ability to perform this clever little trick where we see the tilt in the news we get from media outlets. We developed it through years of filtering through all the Leftist propaganda that was pumped down our throats by the other networks before we had Fox News to turn the dial to.

http://republicanredefined.com/2009/10/1 9/administration-takes-on-evil-empire-fo xnews/

 

Doesn’t matter if you like FOX News or not you have to respect the First Amendment. What does every one think will happen if the Obama White House is successful in hurting or stopping Fox’s Reporting? If the administration found out that they could control the news by a war on a news channel how long before they turned their sights on CNN, CBS or ABC? Then we would have only one network that would be controlled by the Obama Whitehouse and would be forced to watch one single government controlled news channel NBC or MSNBC. Just a thought.

 

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