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Picking a fight: Obama vs Fox News – AP

October 18, 2009


On Sunday, Axelrod reiterated on ABC’s “This Week” that administration officials would appear on the channel, even as he said Fox News shouldn’t be treated as a news organization.

Picking a fight: Obama vs Fox News

By DAVID BAUDER (AP) – 1 hour ago

NEW YORK — President Barack Obama’s communications director says it was Fox News Channel, not the White House, that picked a fight.

Yet it was Anita Dunn’s words during a CNN interview last week, saying Fox is like “a wing of the Republican Party,” that ignited one of the most unusual verbal volleys between a presidential administration and journalists since Vice President Spiro Agnew complained during the Nixon years about the “nattering nabobs of negativism.”

Dunn’s stance cheered many of the president’s supporters who seethe over anti-Obama stories on Fox opinion shows, but has caused a backlash among some who say it exposed the administration as thin-skinned.

White House unhappiness had been building. The president himself said there is “one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration.” Fox’s coverage of health care demonstrations over the summer, former administration official Van Jones and the community activists ACORN clearly knocked the administration off stride.

The White House blog attacked Fox commentator Glenn Beck for “lies.”

“The administration was being attacked, members of this administration were being attacked, policies of this administration were being misrepresented — and that’s a generous interpretation of how they were being described,” Dunn said. “The reality is that at some point, the administration has to defend itself.”

Fox has fought back hard. Network executive Michael Clemente said it was “astounding” that administration critics couldn’t distinguish between news and opinion programming.

“It seems self-serving on their part,” he said.

via The Associated Press: Picking a fight: Obama vs Fox News.

  1. Ben permalink
    October 18, 2009 6:06 PM

    The white house is full of pu$$ies.

  2. Dan Bowers permalink
    October 19, 2009 9:06 AM

    The more dangerous consequence of Obama’s administration and the Democratic Party’s attempt to silence their critics isn’t merely to muzzle opposition to their ‘progressive’ ideology, it is their donning of the mantle of infallibility, no matter how misplaced and naive, they have assumed that will be the death of the Republic.

  3. sedonaman permalink
    October 19, 2009 12:36 PM

    “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” — Democrat Harry S. Truman

  4. Michael Donnelly permalink
    October 19, 2009 6:52 PM

    Fox News is not perfect but they are one of the only news organizations that is telling people the turth about the Obama Administration’s agenda to destroy America as we know it. Of course they don’t like it. When anyone exposes their deception they become the target. People are sick of the State run Media, CBSABCNBCCNNHLNMSNBCNYT licking the boots of the administration for a pat on the back and an occational at-a-boy for promoting their aganda. The ratings tell the story.

  5. Logicon permalink
    October 20, 2009 11:53 AM

    The Whitehouse drones don’t like their agenda being exposed and FOX is doing a pretty good job of doing that. I really worry that somehow the WH will find a way to silence FOX and then there will be no one to tell the truth about what the WH is doing and working on doing.

    I am just amazed that more people aren’t up in arms over Obama’s horrible anti-American/Anti-Christian policies.

    Obama is a very, very dangerous man and anyone who doesn’t want to know what is going on deserves what happens to them.

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