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White House targets Fox as it goes after press critics – AFP

October 12, 2009

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By Chris Lefkow (AFP) – 47 minutes ago

WASHINGTON — The White House has gone on the offensive against its critics in the press, singling out Fox News and going so far as to accuse the News Corp.-owned network of waging a “war against Barack Obama.”

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has led the charge, appearing on CNN television and conducting interviews with Time magazine and The New York Times in recent days to make her case.

The unusual White House campaign comes as President Obama faces mounting opposition to his health care reforms, growing concern over the situation in Afghanistan and a continuing general economic malaise.

The president also suffered a setback recently when his personal effort to win approval for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics was rejected and his Nobel Peace Prize has met with more barbs than bouquets.

Speaking of media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, Dunn told the Times in an interview published Monday: “We?re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.

“As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave,” she said.

In comments just days earlier to Time magazine, Dunn, a veteran Democratic Party communications strategist who joined the White House in May, denounced Fox as “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”

“They are boosting their audience. But that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back,” she said.

via AFP: White House targets Fox as it goes after press critics.

  1. October 12, 2009 3:36 PM

    Oh, if only they would.

  2. VN_Vet permalink
    October 12, 2009 4:59 PM

    A free press is anathema to the commiecrats. It’s their position that it’s either their way or the highway. It’s not enough that they have the rest of the major media in their commie camp. The new media shines too much light on them. In my opinion, Fox News, Limbaugh and Levine are the only entities keeping us from a big a$$ civil war.

  3. therealend permalink
    October 13, 2009 7:57 AM

    From above blog: ‘Speaking of media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s Fox, Dunn told the Times in an interview published Monday: “We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.’

    What record do we have to go on as far as the WH treats its opponents? Would that be Hugo Chavez? Or Amahdinjad? Or Hamas? Because, that doesn’t sound too threatening. Now if they mean Honduras, then that’s something.

  4. Tater Salad permalink
    October 13, 2009 9:44 AM


    President BARACK OBAMA was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nation two weeks ago in upstate New York.

    He spoke for almost an hour on HIS future plans for increasing every Native American’s present standard of living, since he has now become the President.

    He referred to his career as a Senator, how he had signed
    ‘YES’ for every Indian issue that came to his desk for approval.

    Although President Obama was vague on the details of his plan, he seemed most enthusiastic about his future ideas for helping his ‘red sisters and brothers’.

    At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes presented Obama with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name – “Walking Eagle”.

    The proud President then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds.

    A news reporter later inquired to the group of chiefs of how they came to select the new name they had given to the President.

    They explained that “Walking Eagle” is the name given to a bird so full of sh_ _ it can no longer fly.

  5. T. Hunter permalink
    October 13, 2009 12:56 PM

    Walking Eagle? Love it! Thanks for the big laugh…T. Hunter

  6. October 13, 2009 1:57 PM

    So what if Fox leans to the right? This has been an observed fact for years. There is no unbiased media. CNN leans to the left. This has been known for years too. They have the right to say what they want. I think it’s understood that they have agendas. The real crime here is that some people might think they don’t. “No Spin” is unrealistic. Maybe that’s all they’re trying to do here – make people aware of media bias. Although, if this is the case, then CNN should be identified as being as liberal as Fox is conservative.

  7. October 13, 2009 2:34 PM

    You mean, Bush forgot to take his plaque, and the tribes just recycled it?

    Sorta like recycling that joke.

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