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Who’s behind the White House war on Fox News?
michellemalkin.com ^ | October 14, 2009 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 10/14/2009 12:06:20 PM PDT by the anti-liberal

Who’s behind the White House war on Fox News?

By Michelle Malkin  •  October 14, 2009 05:06 AM


President Obama with Anita Dunn, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, and Robert Gibbs (via White House Flickr stream)

My syndicated column today follows up on yesterday’s Fox News Derangement Syndrome post. Who has Obama stocked his communications shop with, you ask? Beltway flacks for corruptocrats. Meet some of the key people behind the White House war on Fox News.

Birds of a feather…

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Who’s behind the White House war on Fox News?
by Michelle Makin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2009

White House interim communications director Anita Dunn assumed the role of lead Fox News Channel-basher this weekend. The attack was a dud. The left-leaning Nation magazine ridiculed President Obama’s press shop for turning him into the “whiner-in-chief.” AOL media columnist Jeff Bercovici called the war on Fox a “loser’s strategy” that “signals weakness.” And that’s the friendly fire.

Dunn found refuge in rival CNN’s green zone, where she blasted Fox News as a “research arm of the Republican Party.” Unhappy with headline-generating Fox News hosts who have wrested control of the news cycle from Team Obama, Dunn complained about “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”

Well, that is certainly an apt description of an Obama-sympathizing “news” segment on Wolf Blizter’s CNN Politics show, which purported to “fact check” a Saturday Night Live skit mocking the president’s lack of accomplishments. Yes, the “real” news fact-checked the fake news to cover for Obama’s deficiencies. Zero complaints from the White House communications office about that. Or about authentic CNN journalist Anderson Cooper using his prime-time show to make vulgar sexual jokes about Tea Party activists. Or about the joint White House-ABC News health care reform infomercial that aired earlier this summer.

Some “opinion journalism” is more equal than others.

Debates about the blurred lines between opinion and journalism are all well and good. But don’t the talking points-crafters in the Oval Office have something better to do than carp about the talking points they don’t like hearing on the one cable network that hasn’t been completely overrun by Obama sycophants? (Full disclosure: I’ve been a Fox News contributor since 2001.)

Where are the seasoned press gurus to help Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama appear more presidential and less petty and thuggish?

The corruptocrat affiliations of Obama’s communications team are illuminating. His press shop can’t rise above the fray because they’ve been entrenched in the Beltway fray for years. They can’t help themselves.

Democratic media consultant Dunn’s claim to fame is her decade-long service as chief strategist for disgraced Democrat and former Senate Majority Leader-turned-health care lobbyist Tom Daschle. She was in the thick of his failed re-election campaign as Daschle asserted a bogus property-tax homestead exemption claim on his $1.9 million D.C. mansion – which he listed as his primary residence despite voting in South Dakota and claiming it as his primary residence in order to run for re-election. And Dunn was with Daschle during the years he failed to pay gobs of taxes on a luxury car and driver provided to him by crony donor Leo Hindery, Jr.

After working as communications manger for Obama’s political action committee and then as senior adviser to his 2008 presidential campaign, Dunn “trained” White House press secretary and anti-Fox sniper Robert Gibbs. Deputy communications director Dan Pfeiffer is another young protégé of Dunn’s who worked with her on the disastrous 2004 Daschle re-election campaign.

(Another Daschle connection: Obama transition adviser John Podesta, who served as Daschle’s counselor and has helped staff the administration with many alumni of his left-wing think tank, the Center for American Progress. One CAP fellow, Hugo Chavez-admiring radical Mark Lloyd, has attacked conservative talk radio – second home of several Fox News hosts — and is now the FCC’s “Diversity Czar.”)

Dunn is married to Robert Bauer, a Washington, D.C. corporate lawyer who served as general counsel for Obama for America. It was Bauer who lobbied the Justice Department unsuccessfully last fall to pursue a criminal probe of American Issues Project (AIP), an independent group that sought to run an ad spotlighting Obama’s ties to Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers.

It was Bauer who attempted to sic the DOJ on GOP donor Harold Simmons and sought his prosecution for funding the ad. It was Bauer who tried to bully television stations across the country to compel them to pull the spot. All on Barack Obama’s behalf.

While conservatives revel in the Left’s hysteria over Fox News Channel’s dominance, more of Obama’s friends hope he’ll wipe his nose and man up. Fat chance. As long as he’s surrounded by career flacks who demonize dissent to distract from the Beltway stench, the White House will remain an all-whine zone.



TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: agenda; anitadunn; ballerino; bho44; bhofascism; bhotyranny; communism; corruption; corruptocrats; democrats; dunn; enemedia; fnc; fnds; foxnews; liberalfascism; liberalmedia; marxism; mediabias; msm; obama; obamedia; robertbauer; shadowparty; waronfox; whinerinchief; whitehouse

1 posted on 10/14/2009 12:06:20 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: the anti-liberal

Rahm Luca Brasi Emanuel is behind it.


2 posted on 10/14/2009 12:07:23 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: Welcome2thejungle

And Obama is behind him.

Obama is a megalomaniacal egomaniac who can’t stand personal criticism.

He’s a Marxist with a Napoleon complex.


3 posted on 10/14/2009 12:12:53 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: the anti-liberal

4 posted on 10/14/2009 12:15:20 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: the anti-liberal

LOL! Perfect!


5 posted on 10/14/2009 12:15:25 PM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: the anti-liberal

Actually the whole thing is so stupid it may well have come from smarmy Press Dope Robert Gibbs.


6 posted on 10/14/2009 12:15:32 PM PDT by rightinalabama
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To: the anti-liberal
Who’s behind the White House war on Fox News?dumb and dumber Pictures, Images and Photos
7 posted on 10/14/2009 12:15:58 PM PDT by CommieCutter (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/ht/qt/3013_08.html)
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To: ZULU

I think so...in a nutshell thin skin.


8 posted on 10/14/2009 12:16:11 PM PDT by 556x45
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

...is he coming down out of the Manchurian Mothership there?


9 posted on 10/14/2009 12:17:02 PM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: CommieCutter
DUMB Pictures, Images and Photos
10 posted on 10/14/2009 12:17:07 PM PDT by CommieCutter (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/programs/ht/qt/3013_08.html)
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To: ZULU

Marxist yes, and then add a strong dose of Chicago one-party machine politics. They don’t like dissent or competition. They make excessive use of patronage and steamroll their opponents. With each passing day we are being to resemble Venezuela. I’m afraid Pax Americana is gone. Just look at the dollar. And our Chinese enablers and creditors now own most of our public debt securities.


11 posted on 10/14/2009 12:17:07 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: the anti-liberal
Hilarious bumpersticker.


12 posted on 10/14/2009 12:18:51 PM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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To: the anti-liberal

Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes rope-a-doped the dummies at the White House into this. Ratings soar and the clown-car drives off a cliff.


13 posted on 10/14/2009 12:26:27 PM PDT by Grim
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To: the anti-liberal
Glenn Beck bitch-slapped them all yesterday with the "White House Hot Line"...a red phone he installed and sent the "secret" phone number to Anita Dunn's office, with the offer that if he said anything at all that wasn't true, to call him on the phone and correct him.

That was a stroke of genius, just like when Rush auctioned off Harry Reid's letter on eBay.

The White House now has an open, dedicated line to FOX News to immediately "correct" anything that is reported that is not factual, and to debate same.

White House...there's your edge...use it, or lose it. We're waiting on the phone to ring....
14 posted on 10/14/2009 12:31:30 PM PDT by FrankR (To Congress: You cram it down our throats in '09, We'll shove it up your ass in '10!)
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To: Welcome2thejungle

>> Rahm Luca Brasi Emanuel is behind it. <<

Another tie to the Nixon admin is this. Rahm is to Obama as Kissinger is to Nixon.

Eat that you tie die wearing hippie scum.


15 posted on 10/14/2009 12:31:45 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred
Exactly!


16 posted on 10/14/2009 12:35:24 PM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: Grim

The “clown-car drives off a cliff” is the part I’m waiting for.


17 posted on 10/14/2009 12:35:42 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: the anti-liberal

America hating communists! The entire “administration”.


18 posted on 10/14/2009 12:36:57 PM PDT by ryan71 (Smells like a revolution)
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To: the anti-liberal
The best outcome of this attack by one branch of "We, the People's" government against dissent would be it it triggers a fresh look at the Constitution's protections for the people's liberty. Fox News could do the nation a great service by making available on its web site links to the writings of Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Adams, et al, on the subject of liberty and the need for constitutional restraints on those elected to serve. One of the most pointed of these remarks is by a Founder who, although criticized by the press of his day, made this declaration in favor of liberty:

"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions."(Underlining for emphasis) --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804. ME 11:33

On another thread, I posted the following comments which may also relate to the topic of this thread.

America's founding ideas of liberty were revolutionary in 1776, and they are revolutionary today! They exploded old concepts that some imperfect persons in a society were somehow entitled to make decisions for other likewise imperfect persons. They affirmed the "self-evident" truth that rights are not grants from government, but they are inherent in individuals, Creator-endowed, and, therefore, unalienable.

If today's youth and their parents suddenly were to be exposed to those common sense, "self-evident" truths explained in the writings of the Founders and Framers of our Constitution, they would be aroused to such action that the current Congress and Administration would be stopped in their tracks in their efforts to unconstitutionally "rule" this nation.

The problem is that the "censors" have, over the past several decades, removed those ideas systematically from the nation's textbooks and public discourse, and those who knew better did little to counter their actions.

Now, however, technology has made it possible to access the Founders' writings and to cause them to, once again, explode into the current debate.

Are there enough patriots who will cause this to happen? Is Fox News to be included in that group?

Ideas have consequences (Weaver)! In the battle of ideas, the ideas of liberty will defeat the ideas of tyranny, if they are allowed to be read and heard, because they appeal to the innate desire for liberty in each individual.

Of course, the counterfeit ideas of tyranny must be masked in order for politicians to gain the kind of power that has occurred in recent times. To gain that power, such politicians "buy" votes with promises of "goodies" and false solutions to "crises." Once they gain the power, then the tyranny begins.

Hope and change that is acquired in order to gain power over other people's lives is not a revolutionary idea. It is as old as the history of civilization and leads to tyranny.

Where to, America?

19 posted on 10/14/2009 12:40:27 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: the anti-liberal

Dunn is married??? Eeeeeeewwwwwww!!! (cough, cough)


20 posted on 10/14/2009 12:41:33 PM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: the anti-liberal

Obama
Emmanuel
Axelrod

Whoever the communications czar is? There are so many......Is it Mark Lloyd?


21 posted on 10/14/2009 12:41:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: the anti-liberal

Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Odinga, Mao and Stalin.


22 posted on 10/14/2009 12:50:09 PM PDT by Defiant (The absence of bias appears to be bias to those who are biased.)
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To: 556x45

I think you can take the “shell” out of “nutshell”.


23 posted on 10/14/2009 12:51:28 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Salvation

Obama
Emmanuel
Axelrod

Whoever the communications czar is? There are so many......Is it Mark Lloyd?
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Add Jarrett and Gibbs.


24 posted on 10/14/2009 12:55:30 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: Welcome2thejungle

“I’m afraid Pax Americana is gone. Just look at the dollar. And our Chinese enablers and creditors now own most of our public debt securities.”

Don’t despair. That’s what they want.

We survived the French and Indian War, the Brits and Tories, a major civil war, two world wars and a cold war.

I think America can survive this fruitcake and his Bolsheviks if we stick together, don’t give up, out-will him, and PUSH BACK!

Make sure you send those capons in the GOP a letter telling them to FORGET any contributions until they strip Olympia Snowe (figuratively - UGH that was an AWEFUL thought) of ALL her committee assignments and STOP supporting her with campaign money. Tell them if they don;t you will contribute only to selected conservative candidates (which you should be doing anyway, but they won’t know that - their stupid, which is why we are where we are.)


25 posted on 10/14/2009 12:56:51 PM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: the anti-liberal

The more the WH complains, the more FOX ratings rocket through the roof!


26 posted on 10/14/2009 12:57:24 PM PDT by Palladin (ACORN is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: FrankR

Beck is a genius.

The whitehose has never disputed anything he has said, instead attacking Beck personally and his media partner in Fox News.

Dunn will never call. Because Beck speaks the truth.


27 posted on 10/14/2009 12:58:17 PM PDT by o_zarkman44 (Obama is the ultimate LIE!)
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To: the anti-liberal

The more Obama’s policies are challenged or fail, the more the Obama team will blame on FOX news, ‘right wing extremists’ or Sarah Palin.

The left is ALWAYS in victimization mode.


28 posted on 10/14/2009 1:00:11 PM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: the anti-liberal

President Ronald Reagan ......... (do enlarge the pix) I could not post it .. and .. I tried, really!!!

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5170280


29 posted on 10/14/2009 1:03:07 PM PDT by malia
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To: americanophile
...is he coming down out of the Manchurian Mothership there?

No. But it looks like Soros is trying to get his hand back up his puppet.

30 posted on 10/14/2009 1:04:10 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: the anti-liberal

31 posted on 10/14/2009 1:08:18 PM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: the anti-liberal
don't get in their way, they're going to turn the whole world purple


32 posted on 10/14/2009 1:10:59 PM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: the anti-liberal

Meee too! Haha. Who’s driving it ?


33 posted on 10/14/2009 1:16:06 PM PDT by musicbymuzak
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To: americanophile
...is he coming down out of the Manchurian Mothership there?

This is the Coming of the Mahdi after he emerged from the Sacred Well in Kenya where he was immaculately begat by Allah himself.

34 posted on 10/14/2009 1:18:56 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: the anti-liberal

35 posted on 10/14/2009 1:23:28 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: the anti-liberal
Obama’s orders are FAXed to the White House daily from a garage apartment in Berkley by someone with a beard, a nipple ring and a prescription for medical marijuana.
36 posted on 10/14/2009 1:57:50 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Palladin

The people who watch the other networks probably are not very smart or cannot get cable t.v. They follow like a bunch of sheeple and probably buy anything those networks advertise without much thought. Thoughtless people who follow blindly are probably are large part of the population.


37 posted on 10/14/2009 2:35:29 PM PDT by FreedBird
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^and probably buy anything those networks advertise^

They bought the whiner-in-chief, they were sold an empty bill of goods and now the rest of us have to foot the bill.

38 posted on 10/14/2009 2:51:00 PM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: mojitojoe

Also Dunn


39 posted on 10/14/2009 7:38:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: the anti-liberal
It's no wonder they hate Beck!

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/ratings/the_scoreboard_monday_october_12_140066.asp#more

The Scoreboard: Monday, October 12

By Kevin Allocca on Oct 13, 2009 04:34 PM
25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 447 | CNN: 141 | MSNBC: 118 | HLN: 160

Prime: FNC: 700 | CNN: 163 | MSNBC: 201 | HLN: 230
  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O'Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O'Reilly:
  879 573 505 934 630 537 492
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  118 68 200 163 150 175 152
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  127 154 147 228 158 218 144
HLN Prime: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  102 115 196 283 150 273 261


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.


Total Viewers: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 1598 | CNN: 517 | MSNBC: 382 | HLN: 324

Prime: FNC: 2453 | CNN: 564 | MSNBC: 683 | HLN: 566
  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O'Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O'Reilly:
  3178 2404 1978 3370 2113 1868 1471
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  515 486 642 529 580 581 489
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  585 551 537 881 616 553 354
HLN Prime: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  255 288 504 735 399 601 434


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

40 posted on 10/15/2009 1:45:07 AM PDT by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: FreedBird

Sad, but true. Obama is President because of the worst-informed, worst-educated American generation ever.


41 posted on 10/15/2009 9:50:10 AM PDT by Palladin (ACORN is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Future Useless Eater

The numbers certainly do speak for themselves.


42 posted on 10/15/2009 10:16:27 AM PDT by the anti-liberal
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To: the anti-liberal

Well having the White House battle a TV network is incredibly stupid, so my guess is it comes right from the top.


43 posted on 10/15/2009 10:18:31 AM PDT by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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