The First Draft: White House vs. Fox News
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.”
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.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama with Emanuel and Axelrod at a meeting in Turkey in April)