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White House Tactics Go Too Far – by Charles Krauthammer – RealClearPolitics

October 22, 2009
charles_krauthammerOctober 23, 2009

White House Tactics Go Too Far

By Charles Krauthammer

WASHINGTON — Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a live pollster. Now he’s put a horse’s head in Roger Ailes’ bed.

Not very subtle. And not very smart. Ailes doesn’t scare easily.

 

The White House has declared war on Fox News. White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Fox is “opinion journalism masquerading as news.” Patting rival networks on the head for their authenticity (read: docility), senior adviser David Axelrod declared Fox “not really a news station.” And Chief of Staff Emanuel told (warned?) the other networks not to “be led (by) and following Fox.”

Meaning? If Fox runs a story critical of the administration — from exposing White House czar Van Jones as a loony 9/11 “truther” to exhaustively examining the mathematical chicanery and hidden loopholes in proposed health care legislation — the other news organizations should think twice before following the lead.

The signal to corporations is equally clear: You might have dealings with a federal behemoth that not only disburses more than $3 trillion every year but is extending its reach ever deeper into private industry — finance, autos, soon health care and energy. Think twice before you run an ad on Fox.

via RealClearPolitics – White House Tactics Go Too Far.

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2 Comments
  1. carterthewriter permalink
    October 23, 2009 6:28 AM

    The only time I have been told to shut up is when I caught my child in a lie.

  2. October 27, 2009 2:19 AM

    I BELIEVE, WE AS A FREE PEOPLE! NEED TO BACK-UP! FOX NEWS! AND OTHERS WHO REFUTE THE LIES AND ENUENDOES OF THE O-BAMA!! ADM.IF WE ARE NOT PROACTIVE WE ARE AT RISK AS A FREE PEOPLE.

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