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The White House has lost its war against Fox News
Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | November 17, 2009 | Nile Gardiner

Posted on 11/17/2009 1:13:21 PM PST by Schnucki

I predicted last month that the White House would lose its war with Fox News. That now looks to be the case with the announcement by Fox News White House correspondent Major Garrett that Fox is one of five networks selected to interview Barack Obama in Beijing this evening, with each allotted ten minutes with the President.

The decision to include Fox in tonight’s interview roster, alongside the likes of NBC, ABC and CBS, is a humiliating about-turn for the White House after it spent weeks rubbishing Fox’s credibility. As Anita Dunn, the Mao-quoting White House communications director put it in an interview in October with The New York Times:

“We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent. 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.”

Dunn has already announced her departure from the White House, and is expected to step down at the end of November. She will be succeeded by her deputy Dan Pfeiffer.

The decision to grant a major interview to Fox on a high-profile foreign trip is a smart move by the White House. The Obama administration’s campaign against Fox was widely viewed, not only on the right but by many on the left as well, as a mean-spirited and vindictive vendetta against a hugely popular cable news station that dared to portray the policies of the Obama team in a negative light.

The White House’s stunning climb-down is also a reflection of the fact that the president’s popularity is rapidly eroding in a nation that is growing increasingly conservative, rather than liberal. As I wrote previously:

“Fox News is succeeding in America precisely because it is not afraid to challenge the

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TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: anitadunn; bho44; bhopress; dopeydems; dunn; foxnews; obama; obamao; whitehouse
Today’s announcement is not only a big symbolic win for Fox, but also a victory for press freedom in America.
1 posted on 11/17/2009 1:13:23 PM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

The only one fighting a “war” was Obama.

Fox was doing the job the rest of the MSM refuses to do.


2 posted on 11/17/2009 1:16:28 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Schnucki

This is Obama’s way of saving face. Dunn is gone now, so he can act like it was all her fault and he had nothing to do with it.


3 posted on 11/17/2009 1:18:07 PM PST by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: Schnucki
a victory for press freedom in America.

Yet, you'll only hear about it from a blog in the UK.
4 posted on 11/17/2009 1:18:28 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Why buy health insurance at all if you can't be turned down for any pre-existing conditions?)
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To: Schnucki

Like o-bow-man the Whitehouse is all smoke, mirrors and lies.


5 posted on 11/17/2009 1:19:11 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Schnucki

This is one of the reasons.....

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/ratings/


6 posted on 11/17/2009 1:19:11 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: Schnucki

If the media would just stick to “just the facts” they wouldn’t have to worry about Fox News.

Of course, if they did that they’d be further Right than Fox is. Fox would be out of business because “just the facts” would be an indictment of every liberal policy out there.


7 posted on 11/17/2009 1:22:49 PM PST by Personal Responsibility (Environmental Communists: Green on the outside. Red on the inside.)
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To: DallasDeb
Sarah is more popular with America right now.

That is why The Narcissist is going on FNC.

8 posted on 11/17/2009 1:24:15 PM PST by GI Joe Fan (GI Joe represents Real American Heroes, not a bunch of globalist drones.)
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To: Schnucki

I’ll believe its a win when I see Fox ask the Narcissist tough questions. If not, its a sell out.


9 posted on 11/17/2009 1:27:55 PM PST by Candor7 (The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision, and truth (.Member NRA)
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To: acoulterfan

Those numbers say it all. Remember kiddies, it’s all about ratings because ratings equal money. Rupert Murdock and Associates are not dumb. They could see the dollar signs on the wall. If ratings are dropping because of ho-hum news, then go after the ratings by providing something better. He did and they’re all the richer for it.

And so are we.


10 posted on 11/17/2009 1:34:10 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (Abortion-Euthanasia kills the very people for whom Social Justice is needed.)
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To: acoulterfan

Gosh, look at Beck’s numbers. Move him to Smith’s time slot, Fox!


11 posted on 11/17/2009 1:41:27 PM PST by mancini
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To: Schnucki

No Fox for me tonight.


12 posted on 11/17/2009 1:44:40 PM PST by Krodg
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To: Krodg

Ditto that.

Please help, someone, this thread needs a stoking hot photo of Megan Kelly or Jenna Lee with the words “NOT GUILTY” ASAP!!!!

‘come on... make my day.


13 posted on 11/17/2009 1:47:50 PM PST by PfromHoGro (Free Rush)
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To: Schnucki

I think Obama is starting the learn that the people are a living breathing thing and will react if he steps out of bounds. I think he expected the kind of capitulation he got from banks etc who cared what the press would say about them. We don’t...


14 posted on 11/17/2009 1:51:03 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: Personal Responsibility

Zackly right. And if the ABCNBCCBSCNNs of the world ever DO figure it out, it’ll be time to short-sell your Fox stock. Fox has enjoyed a lot of success because it’s competition is either to dumb or too ideological to copy their business model that is working.


15 posted on 11/17/2009 1:55:09 PM PST by bigbob
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Dunn is not gone only in a different office and her husband is now the White House counsel.


16 posted on 11/17/2009 2:00:45 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Candor7

I agree. This WH is too calculated and nothing is done without a reason or payback for something. It’s the same with their reversal on the Honduran elections. They announced the other evening that they (state department spokesperson) were all for ‘free’ elections in Honduras and “that we’ve provided them with technical assistance”. Keep an eye on that election which falls on 11/29.


17 posted on 11/17/2009 2:23:47 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (I will die on my feet before I live on my knees.)
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To: acoulterfan

Just think what would happen if GB hand the BOR slot.


18 posted on 11/17/2009 2:58:46 PM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: chiefqc
Like o-bow-man the Whitehouse is all smoke, mirrors and lies.

I refer to it as bull sh*t

19 posted on 11/17/2009 4:36:55 PM PST by dearolddad
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To: Schnucki
If I am not mistaken, Comrade Anita Dunn would have been on this trip to Asia, including Mainland China.

What with her foul mouth about the beauty and join of Chairman Mao, why I get on the China part of the trip they kept her in her hotel room or on Airforce One for the whole ordeal! What a PR disaster!

20 posted on 11/17/2009 10:53:48 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (1945--Japanese SHOCKED at Emperor not bowed to; 2009--Americans SHOCKED at Emperor overbowed to)
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To: Schnucki
"the decision to offer Fox a major interview.."

oh, that's so punny, Nile Gardner. I'd say Fox got it's own back and then some since The One granted Major Garrett an audience on the same day Sarah Palin's book is released. What a coinky dink. Fox News - 2 White House - 0

21 posted on 11/18/2009 3:23:55 AM PST by athelass (Proud Mom of a Sailor & 2 Marines! Prayers for all at Fort Hood, we grieve with you)
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To: acoulterfan

Miserable numbers for Anderson Cooper.


22 posted on 11/18/2009 3:42:33 AM PST by Atlantan
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