Apparently, the new administration gets to determine who is and is not a real news outlet. Interesting that they didn’t seem to have a problem during the election cycle with all that free fawning news coverage from every other freaking news outlet on the planet. They don’t have a problem with the Magazine Association having to come up with a brand new category for magazine covers because Prez O is on so many of them that they out of sheer lack of creativity came up with a category for … are you ready for this… ‘best Prez O cover’. Nope, none of that is a problem.
However, then there is Fox News. Poor little, solitary news outlet who dares to actually report a conservative view (not exclusively mind you) and dares to actually ask a question that might make them have to think twice before answering.
This AP article gives us the latest and kicks off like this:
White House advisers pledged on Sunday to book administration officials on Fox News despite claims by the president’s inner circle that the cable network is a GOP mouthpiece whose programming “is geared toward making money.”
Last week, White House communications director Anita Dunn said Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.” On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, said, “It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.”
Various other quotes on the topic of this little feud:
“The Administration has decided to start a fight to re-energize the base. It doesn’t do any good to fight with someone who is not worthy, if you want to make this strategy work you have to have the fight with someone your base already knows — and already hates. Fox News Channel fits that bill. If Obama can make the point stick, that Fox News is not ‘news’, and gets his base to buy into the theory that Obama is the victim of unfair coverage, it gives the White House a rallying point. I don’t think it’s having the desired effect.” –political analyst Rich Galen
“The White House trying to dictate who’s a news organization. Democrats out to gut a business group. Obama media allies damning Americans as racist, unpatriotic and treasonous. Is this the America Obama promised when he campaigned to end the cynical and divisive politics of the past?” –Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Huntley
“It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations ‘not a news organization’ and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one?” –ABC’s Jake Tapper to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
“So the president’s aides appear on other news channels to say that Fox, unlike those outlets, is really not a news organization but an arm of the Republican Party. One wonders how our colleagues at CNN and elsewhere like being patted on the head and given the seal of approval by the White House.” –Fox News political analyst Brit Hume
“It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.” –White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel on Fox News
“[T]hey’re not really a news station. … It’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming. It’s really not news. It’s pushing a point of view.” –White House adviser David Axelrod on Fox News
What really slays me is the last two quotes were uttered on Fox News! I mean, how dare they let a Democrat say what they think. Shame on them.