White House Bags on Fox News for Being... Fox News

Monday, October 19, 2009 , , , 3 Comments

No you CAN'T!

Since when is it the White House's job to criticize media outlets?

The White House is calling on other news organizations to isolate and alienate Fox News as it sends out top advisers to rail against the cable channel as a Republican Party mouthpiece.

Top political strategists question the decision by the Obama administration to escalate its offensive against Fox News. And as of Monday, the four other major television networks had not given any indication that they intend to sever their ties with Fox News.

But several top White House officials have taken aim at Fox News since communications director Anita Dunn branded Fox "opinion journalism masquerading as news" in an interview last Sunday.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN on Sunday that President Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox."

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is "not a news organization."

"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not going to treat them that way."

Asked Monday about another Axelrod claim that Fox News is just trying to make money, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that while all media companies fall under that description, "I would say sometimes programming can be tilted toward accentuating those profits."


Alright listen, just because I'm a conservative girl into teabagging does not mean I spend my days absorbing as much Fox News as humanly possible. But it doesn't matter, if your prerogative is to suck up as much O'Reilly as you can, that's your choice. That's why you pay your cable bill.

What the hell is the White House thinking?

*Snicker* you're going to regret this, OMGObama. Don't be surprised if incidents of teabagging in Washington, DC see a ten-fold increase.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


W.C. Varones said...

Well it IS hard to talk when you're teabagging, WCV...

Anonymous said...

Every administration sooner or later attacks or ostracizes some media outlet that pisses them off. It rarely does them any good and often backfires.