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October 20, 2009

White House vs. Fox News

There have been several interesting comments made recently by White House officials in what seems to be a fairly obvious attempt to discredit Fox as a valid news organization. Here's a sample from an article. You can read the entire article here.

On Sunday, White House Chief of Staff and Chicagoan Rahm Emanuel announced that Fox News was “not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.” At the same time, Senior White House aide and Chicagoan David Axelrod went on ABC's "This Week" and beseeched George Stephanopoulos and his fellow journalists to shun Fox. Axelrod said, that Fox was “not really a news station . . . .” Axelrod added “other news organizations, like yours, ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way.”

I have to wonder what they hope to accomplish in this. I suppose that in the long run, if they can get it ingrained in people's head that Fox is not a valid news source, or somehow misleading people, it could work. Consider though...Fox is a more conservative news channel. There's no doubt about that, but I would submit that pretty much every single news channel outside Fox is without a doubt much more liberal. I've watched them all and while Fox is conservative, they also tend to present both sides MUCH more often than any other channel. Plus, let's not mistake news programming and opinion programming. People like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are specifically there as opinion programs and they are presented as such. They should be able to air those opinions without government officials "coming after them."

In the end, there are a lot of people watching Fox and their viewership has increased by 20% this year alone. Obviously, there are a lot of conservatives watching, but it appears there is an increase in independents and liberal voters watching too, which is what I think the White House is afraid of. You know my opinion but I'd like to now yours. Please take a second to complete the poll below and leave a comment as to WHY you feel that way. Please make sure it is more than "Bill O'Reilly is opinionated," or "I hate Glenn Beck."


Matt Coulter said...

I watch Network news the most because we have basic, basic cable. But if we had FOXNews, I'd definitely watch that the most.

It's interesting that as Obama's numbers keep falling and falling and falling (only 43% of Americans would vote for him now), the administration is increasingly blaming other people for their woes and now even trying to blame Fox. It's ridiculous, and I have to hope the American people will see right through this desperate move

The biggest question I have, though, is: why is the White House spending so much time and money and energy trying to discredit a news organization instead of dealing with issues like the economy, Afghanistan, Iran, and Russia, among other things? Pathetic. Playing politics instead of leading.