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megimoo
10-12-2009, 08:03 PM
"The Obama people are out of their minds to play this game.Fox is a power house with Glenn Beck alone at 3.909 million viewers a night .Unless they sic the liberal FCC on them to shut them down !

Over the weekend, White House communications director Anita Dunn announced the official beginning of the Obama administration's war with Fox News. Of course, the battle has been openly brewing for months now. Even during the campaign, Obama's team gave up on sending surrogates to the network.

"It was beyond diminishing returns," Dunn told the New York Times. "It was no returns." But now the war is out in the open.

"We're going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent," she told the paper.

"As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don't need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave."

Yesterday on CNN, she clarified: "Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."

The White House's logic seems to be that there's no point in trying to be fairly portrayed on Fox News. Even if they send administration officials to try and reason with its hosts and viewers, the way the information gets presented eliminates any net benefit.

(Especially when hosts like Glenn Beck make up facts and present them as sincere truth the Times cited a moment when even fellow Fox reporters were angered that Beck claimed Fox White House correspondent Major Garrett was "never called on" in the briefing room, when he had in fact been called on that very day.) It's also helpful to have a foil to fight against.

In the continuing effort to portray tea partiers and birthers and the like as a sort of faux-patriotic lunatic fringe, the act of isolating Fox is an easy way to draw some lines in the sand. (We think online slideshows are just as effective, frankly.)........."Just Like King George The Fifth ?"

But there are plenty of negatives to this take-no-prisoners approach. To begin with, each regular Fox News viewer does not only represent one vote lost to President Obama.

There is literally no limit, other than cholesterol-induced high blood pressure, to how angry this constituency can get.

And an angrier group which, we have seen, is easily organized and mobilized by the network is one that is more likely to try to win over other voters, more likely to donate and raise money, and more likely to engage in the kind of meaningless, but attention-getting, tactics that make their views seem more widely held and genuinely American than they actually are.

Yes, this kind of thing alienates some moderates, but in this era of endless, confusing news input, coverage is everything.

(Remember the health-care town-hall protests?

Suddenly the opinions of this guy were reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers, and not just through Fox.)

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2009/10/white_house_reveals_tactics_in.html

NJCardFan
10-13-2009, 12:11 AM
I agree with Chris Wallace. These people are the biggest bunch of cry babies and whiners.

megimoo
10-13-2009, 06:06 AM
I agree with Chris Wallace. These people are the biggest bunch of cry babies and whiners.But,..but,He Is The 'ONE' don't cha know ?

GrumpyOldLady
10-13-2009, 06:47 AM
:rolleyes: What a childish White House we have. Hey there .... GROW UP! :rolleyes:

NJCardFan
10-13-2009, 12:34 PM
It's funny isn't it? With all the flak Bush got from the media(including Fox), he never once said anything like this. The closest is when he called a cameraman an asshole but that was during the 2000 campaign.

PoliCon
10-13-2009, 01:14 PM
It's funny isn't it? With all the flak Bush got from the media(including Fox), he never once said anything like this. The closest is when he called a cameraman an asshole but that was during the 2000 campaign.

Now he did make Helen sit in the back - and that's much worse!;)