President Thin-Skin Whining Again

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Unbelievable! The Obama administration is attacking the only major news outlet not licking his boots. Every media outlet should be worried about this, not just Fox.

Calling Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party,” the Obama administration on Sunday escalated its war of words against the channel, even as observers questioned the wisdom of a White House war on a news organization.

“What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. “They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”

Well THAT’S a relief. But are they just poking a sleeping bear? Some people think so.

Fox News senior vice president Michael Clemente, who likens the channel to a newspaper with separate sections on straight news and commentary, suggested White House officials were intentionally conflating opinion show hosts like Glenn Beck with news reporters like Major Garrett.

“It’s astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming,” Clemente said. “It seems self-serving on their part.”

In recent weeks, the White House has begun using its government blog to directly attack what it called “Fox lies.” David Gergen, who has worked for President Bill Clinton and three Republican presidents, questioned the propriety of the White House declaring war on a news organization.

“It’s a very risky strategy. It’s not one that I would advocate,” Gergen said on CNN. “If you’re going to get very personal against the media, you’re going to find that the animosities are just going to deepen. And you’re going to find that you sort of almost draw viewers and readers to the people you’re attacking. You build them up in some ways, you give them stature.”

He added: “The press always has the last barrel of ink.”

Gergen’s sentiments were echoed by Tony Blankley, who once served as press secretary to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“Going after a news organization, in my experience, is always a loser,” Blankley said on CNN. “They have a big audience. And Fox has an audience of not just conservatives — they’ve got liberals and moderates who watch too. They’ve got Obama supporters who are watching. So it’s a temptation for a politician, but it needs to be resisted.”

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8 Responses

  1. “It’s astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming,” Clemente said. “It seems self-serving on their part.”

    Correction – ‘WILL NOT distinguish’ and ‘IS self-serving’

    How ya been, Bob?

  2. Good kc. Sittin through that rainstorm right now. So far just a good soaking. Much needed I might add.

  3. For the first time this autumn, it’s not 80 or warmer…finally! May get a storm or 2, or some rain…whatever it is, I’m glad to see it.

  4. My favorite time of year.

  5. I guess my favorite season in Jax is Winter. In Montana, all of ’em …*sigh*

    When I checked the updates in my gmail, one of the sponsored links next to the update here was this:

    Protection for Thin Skin
    Reduce skin tears and bruising. Lower Leg Protection.
    http://www.Wikkieslegprotection.com

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  6. BHO has risen waaaaay past his level of incompetency.

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