Tarheeltalker

The White House vs. The Fox

It seems that the battle has ben joined, so to speak. On one side, we have the Fox News Channel and on the other, the Obama White House. There is an interesting cast of characters as well as several interesting observers.

Ms Dunn is the point person for the White House and went on rival CNN on Sunday to launch a few broadsides. She told CNN’S  Howard Kurtz that ” let’s not pretend that Fox is a  News Network the way CNN  is.” That’s  a good line to start the assault. But there was more. She said that the way we( presumably the Administration) view Fox is  as  a wing of the Republican Party . What was almost hysterically funny is  a  promo that ran during her interview. It was  publicizing Anderson Cooper 360 and here is what it said. A woman’s voice says , “I’m a lifelong Democrat and that’s why I watch Anderson Cooper.” The promo continued that Cooper is  a person that can be counted on to hold “right-wing” conservatives accountable. Interesting slant on objectivity, is it not?

Ms Dunn serves officially as White House Communications Director and unofficially as the head of the Call ‘Em Out Patrol, aiming to counter what the White House considers wrong or erroneous reporting.

Outside observers from both political persuasions say that the battle the White House has enjoined is  not necessarily a wise one. David Gergen, who worked in the Clinton Administration said it is a risky strategy and  can easily backfire. Tony Blankley, a former press secretary for Newt Gingrich, agreed, saying that it was his experience that going after a new organization is always a losing proposition. A non partisan  observer from  Politico, Nia Malika Henderson  opined that the administration’s approach would tend to only benefit Fox.

Even the president himself  engages in the battle. On September 20, he appeared on five new shows, declining to appear on Fox’s Chris Wallace show. On Sunday, Dunn admitted tat it was  a sort of payback. Just last week, Press Secretary Gibbs said Obama would not be on Fox until some time in 2010. Just a few months ago the President told CNBC’S John Harwood that there was one television station entirely devoted to attacking the administration. Bet  it wasn’t  ESPN to which he was referring.

This all brings to mind a couple of things. One is a  quote by Bill Clinton, “Never pick  a fight with people who by ink by the barrel.” And what    Republican president had a paranoia with the press? Does the name Richard Nixon sound familiar? He would recognize the Obama approach and probably advise  even stronger tactics.

One word to Anita Dunn and her folks, check out the ratings for any Fox News show-O’Reilly, Beck, etc and compare to Cooper, Olbermann, etc. The results may be worth your review.

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October 13, 2009 - Posted by | Media, Reading | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

9 Comments »

  1. Fox News has more viewers than CNN and all the rest put together! Obama is stupid not to use Fox News to get his message out to the people cause there are liberals watching the FOX! Oh wait a minute Obama don’t have but one message to get out…..BIG GOVERNMENT SPENDING!

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. There’s a reason why Faux News has so many more viewers:

    Liberals can read, so they don’t have to watch TV all the time.

    Comment by larrys | October 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. Liberals can’t read enough to make it as a lawyer from what I hear!

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 15, 2009 | Reply

    • Most liberals couldn’t track the dialogue of a comic strip in the Sunday newspaper…
      Oh, I shouldn’t have said that…it was probably a ‘racist’ statement…

      Comment by steve | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  4. Only if it is a racist comic strip! lol

    good comment

    Comment by tarheeltalker | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  5. Right back atcha! good one!

    Comment by steve | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  6. You don’t have to worry about a racist remarks those liberals think that everything is racist unless they say it! 🙂

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 15, 2009 | Reply

  7. Nawww, it’s only racism when it comes from a cracker like you, GTP.

    Good news: no spelling mistakes in that last comment, GTP.

    Bad news: two major grammatical mistakes in a one-sentence comment,.

    Watch some more Glenn Beck and get yourself edumacated, GTP!

    Comment by larrys | October 16, 2009 | Reply

  8. Go find a corner to cry in larrys! Your feet still looking wet, being careful next time might help!

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | October 21, 2009 | Reply


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