The only thing dumber than picking a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel is picking a fight with people who don’t even have to buy ink.
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But is there something more nefarious afoot here. At the risk of channeling Glenn Beck, suppose that the WH can successfully marginalize Fox News (unlikely IMNSHO). Once that is complete, they can then move from the that point right-of-center toward the center. The balance of the media will be in awe of the powers of Rahm and stifle what little out-of-line voices may be left in the Mainstream Media.
Claudett Rosen looks at that angle and she is no Beck acolyte:
Her concluding paragraph:
“Other news outlets — the CNNs, ABCs, NBCs, CBS’s, or for that matter the New York Times and the Globe-Post-Mercury-Etceteras, may not agree with opinions expressed on Fox. But they would be wise to remember that what goes around comes around. And if they don’t rally now around the idea that the White House has no business vetting, according to its own “perspective,” which news outlets are “legitimate” and which are not, then the legitimacy of all news outlets becomes a function of “point of view” held by the White House. Welcome to the road to China’s Xinhua News Agency and Russia’s Channel One TV.”
These are the potential first steps toward a US version of the BBC. Ugh!
24 hour news channels have become the death of news. For the most part, 24 hour news is just completely ignorant talking heads babbling for hours. With the exception of 360 on CNN I still enjoy watching, anything on 24 hour news is a complete waste of time.
Fox is in a league of it’s own when it comes to wasted bandwidth. I don’t care if you are conservative, liberal or in-between, watching Fox news makes me want to rip my eyes out and drill out my ears.
As for the Obama administration bringing up the channel, just annoying hearing the word Fox and news stuck in the same sentence by anyone.
This is beyond bush league. I recall similar outcries from more liberal media outlets when Bush/Cheney WH favored Fox News. It was stupid then, it’s equally stupid behavior now from the current WH.
What I don’t understand: Obama is supposedly a huge fan of “The Godfather” movies. Doesn’t he remember the line,”Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer?”
I agree with the notion that 24 hour news is getting thinner and thinner, but Fox News speaks to a huge section of the population and the more obama demonizes that sector, the more we will see tea party patriot on his lawn.
from Roll Call…
A top Senate Republican took to the Senate floor Wednesday morning to suggest that the Obama White House is plotting a political strategy similar to that of ex-President Richard Nixon and may be on the verge of preparing its own “enemies list.”
Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), who served in the Nixon White House, offered what he said was a “friendly suggestion” to the White House not to repeat the errors he saw committed by the staff of the disgraced former president.
“Based upon that experience and my 40 years since then in and out of public life, I want to make what I hope will be taken as a friendly suggestion to President Obama and his White House: Don’t create an enemies list,” Alexander said.
Describing the actions of Vice President Spiro Agnew and Nixon operative Chuck Colson, Alexander said he sees “symptoms of this same kind of animus developing in the Obama administration.”
Alexander read off a list of examples he says support his contention, including: a reported effort by the White House to marginalize the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a supposed effort by the Health and Human Services Department to put a “gag order” on the insurer Humana, the White House move to take on Fox News, Obama’s repeated criticisms of banks and investment houses, his alleged “taking names” of “bondholders who resisted the GM and Chrysler bailouts,” and the president’s move to make insurers the bogeyman of the health care debate.
Alexander claimed that the incipient White House “enemies” campaign extends even to Congress. He suggested that Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) was the victim of a sort of payback, saying that after Kyl suggested the stimulus plan wasn’t working, the White house subsequently wrote the governor of Arizona that, “If you don’t want the money, we won’t send it.”
He said that after he and Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) questioned the power of White House “czars,” they both were “called out” on the White House blog.
“This behavior is typical of street brawls and political campaign consultants,” Alexander said. “If the president and his top aides treat people with different views as enemies instead of listening to what they have to say, they’re likely to end up with a narrow view and a feeling that the whole world is out to get them. And as those of us who served in the Nixon White House know, that can get you into a lot of trouble.”
After Alexander’s remarks, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) rose to speak on a different topic, but he first commented that it appeared Alexander was accusing the administration of “Nixifying” the White House — adding that he hoped the term would enter into “the lexicon.” Alexander replied that he was “seeing some signs” in the Obama White House that he had seen “at the early stages of Nixon.”
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