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October 25, 2009

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Obama outs Fox, but reveals a big flaw

Clarence Page

October 25, 2009

Surely President Barack Obama and his advisers don’t really think that their feud with Fox News will do anything but enhance the cable network’s viewership. A deeper problem is what the flap reveals about Team Obama, which seems to be more comfortable with campaigning than governing.

I’m not happy about that. It does not fill me with glee to see Fox News star Sean Hannity joyfully replaying Obama’s 2004 come-together speech about how we’re “not red states or blues states” but “the United States of America” and asking where is Obama’s promise now?

I don’t agree with Hannity on much. He’s only a tad more serious-minded as a news clown, in my grumpy view, than his colleague Glenn Beck. But, as much as my wife might run from the house when she hears me say it, Hannity’s right on this one.

Sure, it is disingenuous for right-wing pundits to accuse Obama of dividing the country, considering the five-star job they have done in turning us against each other. But if Obama is being judged by a different standard of civility, it is a standard he set for himself. He promised to bridge Washington’s culture wars, not fire them up.

That’s why it was disappointing to hear what every administration does sooner or later, blame media for their problems. White House communications director Anita Dunn started the fracas by calling Fox “opinion journalism masquerading as news.” Senior adviser David Axelrod and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel offered similar views and urged other media not to be led around by Fox on any stories.

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4 Comments
  1. Allahdad Nazif permalink
    October 25, 2009 5:57 AM

    Only other leftists take you seriously, Clarence. To call Hannity and Beck “clowns” really outs you as the jealous clown you are.

  2. carterthewriter permalink
    October 25, 2009 6:46 AM

    The use of the change banner while seeking office for all politicians has worn out the country’s patience and we no longer have any faith in the system, left or right.

    What a shame it has become when this man had a golden opportunity to follow through, but chose to remain consistent with his predecessors and sink the country further into obscurity.

    I do not single out specific statements, but taken on the whole, your article has merit.

  3. Jeanette permalink
    October 25, 2009 10:41 AM

    Obama’s insecurity of himself is so evident. He has to constantly fight against the ones who does not bow to him. Thanks to The Holy God , the christains only bow to the true God. Who would want a god that looks like Obama. I am so tired of the liberals hollaring “racist”. Obama is more white than black because he has more Arab blood that black. Wake up America and fight for the constitution and our freedoms. The radical blacks and whites can claim Obama, the rest of us don’t want to claim him. We just are not ready for a dictator of any color. Do you understand us ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CBS and etc.?

  4. Cornelius permalink
    October 26, 2009 2:04 PM

    Obama may indeed be incredibly thin-skinned, but these attacks on Foxnews are carefully calculated and designed to

    1) distract attention from Obama’s inability to resolve intractable issues like Afghanistan and the economy

    2) create conditions for the passage of his healthcare reforms by intimidating any media and, by extension, other institutions and individuals (including reluctant Democrats in Congress). The inference is unmistakable: get with the program or there will be hell to pay

    Tail-gunner Joe would be impressed!

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