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Gingersnap
11-09-2009, 10:38 AM
Democratic consultant says he got a warning from White House after appearing on Fox News

'We better not see you on again,' the strategist says he was told by a White House official. The White House communications director denies that officials urge such a boycott.

By Peter Nicholas
November 8, 2009

Reporting from Washington - At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.

The Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox, he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the show again. The call had an intimidating tone, he said.

The message was, "We better not see you on again," said the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to run afoul of the White House. An implicit suggestion, he said, was that "clients might stop using you if you continue."

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said that she had checked with colleagues who "deal with TV issues" and that they had not told people to avoid Fox. On the contrary, they had urged people to appear on the network, Dunn wrote in an e-mail.

But Patrick Caddell, a Fox News contributor and former pollster for President Carter, said he had spoken to Democratic consultants who said they were told by the White House to avoid appearances on Fox. He declined to give their names.

Caddell said he had not gotten that message himself from the White House.

He added: "I have heard that they've done that to others in not too subtle ways. I find it appalling. When the White House gets in the business of suppressing dissent and comment, particularly from its own party, it hurts itself."

Some observers say White House officials might be urging consultants to spurn Fox to isolate the network and make it appear more partisan. A boycott by Democratic strategists could help drive the White House narrative that Fox is a fundamentally different creature than the other TV news networks.

White House officials appear on Fox News, but sporadically and with their "eyes wide open," as one aide put it.

David Axelrod, senior advisor to the president, appeared on Fox News Channel last week to talk about the results of Tuesday's off-year elections. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton also appeared on the network last week.

Still, the White House has on occasion avoided or taken an adversarial position toward Fox. When President Obama appeared on five talk shows one Sunday in September, he avoided Fox.

Last month, Dunn told CNN that Fox has acted, in effect, as an "arm" of the Republican Party. "Let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN is," she said.

As the dust-up played out, Fox's senior vice president of news, Michael Clemente, countered: "Surprisingly, the White House continues to declare war on a news organization instead of focusing on the critical issues that Americans are concerned about like jobs, healthcare and two wars."

Fox's commentators have been sharply critical of the Obama administration.

After the president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Sean Hannity, who has a prime-time show on Fox, said he got the award for "trashing America."

Fox's audience is by far the largest of the cable networks, with an average of more than 2.1 million viewers in prime time this year, according to the Nielsen Co. CNN is second, with 932,000 prime-time viewers.

The White House's critical stance toward the network leaves some Democrats troubled.

Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, said in an interview: "This approach is out of sync with my conception of what the Obama administration stands for and what they're trying to do.

"I think they'll think better of it and this will be a passing phase."

LA Times (http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-fox8-2009nov08,0,507227.story?test=latestnews)

PoliCon
11-09-2009, 11:03 AM
"I think they'll think better of it and this will be a passing phase." Lets all hold our breath waiting for this to come to pass!:rolleyes:

lacarnut
11-09-2009, 11:11 AM
Lets all hold our breath waiting for this to come to pass!:rolleyes:

Right. These assholes are dying to bring back the Fairness Doctrine or something like it to muzzle dissent.

GrumpyOldLady
11-09-2009, 01:05 PM
Change you can believe in. :mad:

Is this Pre WWII Nazy Germany or what?

Wake the hell up America!

AmPat
11-09-2009, 05:06 PM
Change you can believe in. :mad:

Is this Pre WWII Nazy Germany or what?

Wake the hell up America!

It is similar. OBlah Blah and thugs are laying the groundwork. (Standing by for marginalization remarks).:cool:

stsinner
11-09-2009, 06:36 PM
Change you can believe in. :mad:

Is this Pre WWII Nazy Germany or what?

Wake the hell up America!

They don't want to wake up-there's "free" shit on the horizon, and lots of it. Then we'll never be able to get a conservative politician elected.. They've even said that even if the Senate passes the health care bill it won't take effect for 18 months.. Start handing out the free shit just before election time and run on the premise that if you vote for a Republican he'll take away all this new free shit we democrats just gave you...

AmPat
11-11-2009, 12:12 AM
They don't want to wake up-there's "free" shit on the horizon, and lots of it. Then we'll never be able to get a conservative politician elected.. They've even said that even if the Senate passes the health care bill it won't take effect for 18 months.. Start handing out the free shit just before election time and run on the premise that if you vote for a Republican he'll take away all this new free shit we democrats just gave you...Exactly according to the template. Then when everything is set, the GOP gets their turn at bat and has to fix the crap the DUMS left. All the blame will be placed on the GOP by the DUmbocRAT media lapdogs. The too-stupid-to-vote public will swallow this crap at face value due to laziness, stupidity, and apathy.

Thank you universal sufferage.:rolleyes:

Hanyou
11-11-2009, 01:00 AM
The GOP can be pretty wasteful too.

I like to think that Obama was better in the long run, because people will realize how wasteful our government's been, demand that we audit the federal reserve, dismantle such institutions as the department of education, defederalize everything, and restore the Constitution.

I like to think that, but it won't happen.