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White House Escalates War on Fox News
Fox News ^ | 10/19/2009

Posted on 10/19/2009 7:53:59 AM PDT by markomalley

The White House escalated its offensive against Fox News on Sunday by urging other news organizations to stop "following Fox" and instead join the administration's attempt to marginalize the channel.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN that President Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox."

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is "not a news organization."

"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not going to treat them that way."

By urging other news outlets to side with the administration, Obama aides officials dramatically upped the ante in the war of words that began earlier this month, when White House communications director Anita Dunn branded Fox "opinion journalism masquerading as news."

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Media columnist David Carr of the New York Times warned that the White House war on Fox "may present a genuine problem for Mr. Obama, who took great pains during the campaign to depict himself as being above the fray of over-heated partisan squabbling."

"While there is undoubtedly a visceral thrill in finally setting out after your antagonists, the history of administrations that have successfully taken on the media and won is shorter than this sentence," Carr wrote over the weekend. "So far, the only winner in this latest dispute seems to be Fox News. Ratings are up 20 percent this year."

He added: "The administration, by deploying official resources against a troublesome media organization, seems to have brought a knife to a gunfight."

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1 posted on 10/19/2009 7:54:00 AM PDT by markomalley
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Digg this story please!
2 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:45 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

3 posted on 10/19/2009 7:55:52 AM PDT by Bobalu (I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: markomalley

Axelrod is a cheap facist.


4 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:19 AM PDT by DManA
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To: markomalley

demonize...than marginalize...than destroy...rules for radicals...they aren’t even pretending anymore...


5 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:42 AM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: markomalley
99% of the media outlets in the country are completely objective and unbiased, and agree with Obama on all issues, all the time.

Unfortunately, 1% of the media outlets agrees with Obama only some of the time.

This cannot be tolerated.

6 posted on 10/19/2009 7:56:54 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: markomalley

wow

I mean two wars, trying to still find a church, HOWS THAT GOING btw? economy, job losses, foreclosures etc etc etc.

Now a war with a news network takes the front row.

I bet that wife doing her first lady job is really busy hey

ARF
what charity is she doing, well I should say what has she done besides having some kids from a DC school come to the white house garden.

Has she gone anywhere over night by herself working yet?


7 posted on 10/19/2009 7:57:26 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman, end of. -end racism end affirmative action)
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To: markomalley

This is unbelievable - administration trying to bring down a television news network. The entire press world should be up in arms over this. The silence is deafeing instead.


8 posted on 10/19/2009 7:58:27 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley


9 posted on 10/19/2009 7:58:48 AM PDT by Bobalu (I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: markomalley

An anti-American administration built on fraud and lies cannot stand the scrutiny and the resulting truth. It must create demons to keep the focus off of itself.


10 posted on 10/19/2009 7:58:55 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: markomalley

SMOKE SCREEN to get the sheeple to not pay attention to the Health Care debate and Cap and Trade, as in what’sin the bills.

And so far it’s working.


11 posted on 10/19/2009 7:59:34 AM PDT by stockpirate ("if my thought-dreams could be seen. They'd probably put my head in a guillotine" Dylan)
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To: Rummyfan

Please telll me what country we are living in again?


12 posted on 10/19/2009 8:00:25 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: markomalley

Should we start a pool on how long it will be before the White House moves to formally shut down FNC via some FCC machinations?

Clearly this totalitarian regime has declared war on truthful the reporting of actual facts, which is necessary to further their propaganda.

They can’t move to clamp down and disarm us so long as news organizations like Fox exists. The internet is also a big problem, and we’ve already seen them making moves in this area too.

Does anyone NOT see the handwriting on the wall?


13 posted on 10/19/2009 8:00:37 AM PDT by Zeddicus
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To: Rummyfan
The entire press world should be up in arms over this. The silence is deafeing instead.

Believe it or not, I saw a NY Slimes editorial coming in favor of Fox. As well as the Telegraph, NY magazine, etc.

Which actually surprised me a LOT.

14 posted on 10/19/2009 8:01:13 AM PDT by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

Let the WH SAY whatever it wants. I get my NEWS from Rush and Fox.


15 posted on 10/19/2009 8:02:09 AM PDT by J40000
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To: markomalley

Go ahead and try all that will do is drive more viewers to Fox.


16 posted on 10/19/2009 8:02:38 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: markomalley
I believe the Obama administration's engaging in this type of effort is inherently anti-Constitutional, government censorship. As BHO is thereby violating his oath to uphold the Constitution by such subversion, I understand his actions to be impeachable high crimes and/or misdemeanors.

Furthermore, these attempts by Congress to vote through their current "healthcare" shenanigans, explicitly hidden from public view, shows every member voting for such legislation not to be worthy of their office. They should be removed at the next election cycle if not legally done sooner.

HF

17 posted on 10/19/2009 8:02:47 AM PDT by holden
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To: manc

“I mean two wars, trying to still find a church, HOWS THAT GOING btw? economy, job losses, foreclosures etc etc etc.

Now a war with a news network takes the front row.”

-Come on now... the obamas worked REEEEEEALLY hard to try to get Chicago the Olympics! All those days and all those taxpayer $$$!!! Whew! Give them a small break. It ain’t easy being POTUS.


18 posted on 10/19/2009 8:04:19 AM PDT by J40000
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To: markomalley

The more they scream, the more attention Fox will get, so let them scream while more listeners/watchers keep tuning into Fox.


19 posted on 10/19/2009 8:04:50 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (DON'T BLAME ME I VOTED FOR "PALIN"!)
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To: Rummyfan
The entire press world should be up in arms over this. The silence is deafeing instead.

Agreed...there was a time when all news organizations would defend Free Speech. Now the majority are literally propaganda wings of the Democrat party.

20 posted on 10/19/2009 8:05:18 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Rummyfan
The absurd 0bama administration acts like Fox News is a collection of faceless and nameless blobs of protoplasm...nothing more.
They somehow missed the FACT that ever-increasing Fox News success is based upon MILLIONS and MILLIONS of attentive viewers and listeners.


21 posted on 10/19/2009 8:05:47 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: PigRigger

Ummmm...we can do the same things.

And one of those things is to keep pumping up Fox’s ratings and spreading the ridicule like the whining baby cartoon above.


22 posted on 10/19/2009 8:08:13 AM PDT by Adder (Proudly ignoring Zero since 1-20-09!)
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To: markomalley

When did Hugo Chavez become special assistant to the president? (CZAR) This is right out of his playbook.


23 posted on 10/19/2009 8:09:22 AM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: markomalley

What is going on with FOX NEWS on TV?

I have seen more droputs and image distortion in the last 2 weeks, than I have in the last 2 years combined

Anyone else noticing this????


24 posted on 10/19/2009 8:09:45 AM PDT by Mr. K (THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!!!)
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To: Bobalu

Don’t you just love Henry Payne?


25 posted on 10/19/2009 8:10:38 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: J40000

Leftists also go to Fox to get the real news,
just as the politburo didn’t read Pravda to get real news -
they went to the UK news to see what was really going on in the world.


26 posted on 10/19/2009 8:11:29 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is "not a news organization."

"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not going to treat them that way."

27 posted on 10/19/2009 8:11:42 AM PDT by nutmeg (Obamunism is destroying America)
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To: holden

http://www.newsmax.com/morris/fox_news_party_lines/2009/10/19/273848.html


28 posted on 10/19/2009 8:12:19 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: markomalley

What’s amazing is that Fox News is just a more balanced version of the other networks. At least on Fox you get to hear both sides. I guess the administration knows that if the American people are given all the pertinent data, they won’t go with Obama.


29 posted on 10/19/2009 8:12:38 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: markomalley
Did somebody say war?


30 posted on 10/19/2009 8:14:28 AM PDT by McGruff (Go rogue baby, go rogue!)
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To: markomalley

That’s good. They are showing everyone that they are nothing but Stalinists who suppress dissent.


31 posted on 10/19/2009 8:16:30 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: BertWheeler

Lefties inherently know their ideology is logically indefensible to “the masses”. They also inherently “know” that their ideology is superior.

Combine these two assumptions, and you get the “need” to silence any opposition to their ideology. They are NOT going to debate their ideology and “lose”.


32 posted on 10/19/2009 8:18:15 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: markomalley

Just a few short months ago the Government was bad and our rights were being trampled...now the lefties are suddenly blind to government intervention.


33 posted on 10/19/2009 8:18:17 AM PDT by Dallas59 (No To O)
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To: markomalley

RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy.


34 posted on 10/19/2009 8:18:20 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: markomalley

Hmmm, haven’t these people heard of a thing called the First Amendment?


35 posted on 10/19/2009 8:18:51 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Now fully qualified to receive the Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: markomalley
Being led????? lol, they are just trying to catch up!!!

If they showed honest criticism of the Whitehouse, they might start getting moderate and conservative viewers, who - do to inquisitive minds- tend to watch more news.

36 posted on 10/19/2009 8:19:04 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (There is no "O" in Transparency.)
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To: stockpirate

That’s true.

Except even with the focus on FOX News as a story it backfires in part because people check them out and get to hear about the bills anyway. I’m still not convinced driving people to check out sources of opposition where they’ll be “enlightened” with an another opinion is a good tactic.

I guess they want to prejudice moderates against listening to them, but they already think FOX has a bias. The WH’s trouble is that they think all news organizations have a bias. I don’t think this atack on FOX will change that mindset.

Myself, I see FOX as more moderate, slightly Left at time’s and balanced at others by commentators such as Hannity and maybe Glenn. More than that I see it as a business. If this suddenly didn’t sale for Murdock, they’d change their partisan bent. Really if Obama wants to destroy the current makeup of FOX news all he has to do is show Murdock it’s more profitable to give a solid Leftward bias. He’s not a conservative. All he cares about is money. I know the other networks have decided profit isn’t important but Mordock believes differently.


37 posted on 10/19/2009 8:19:18 AM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Dallas59

It is a blind FAITH. They are humanists, don’t forget that. They worship infallible “elite” humans just as Christians worship God.

Questioning their motives or methods would be like questioning God’s will.


38 posted on 10/19/2009 8:20:08 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


39 posted on 10/19/2009 8:22:41 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: PigRigger

No they aren’t pretending.

I have said and have read a hundred times that once Obama senses failure (which is inevitable considering his outrageously bad leadership) he will lash out and become autocratic.

Obama is a failure, and the screaming has just begun.


40 posted on 10/19/2009 8:22:45 AM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he would'nt and not doing what he said he would)
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To: markomalley

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/30/fox-news-dominates-3q-200_n_304260.html

all your base huffinpuff


41 posted on 10/19/2009 8:24:21 AM PDT by tumblindice (A Democrat's winning riposte in debate: "You're stupid.")
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To: Zeddicus

It is becoming clearer and clearer that Obama has an achillies (sp) heel.


42 posted on 10/19/2009 8:25:01 AM PDT by freebird5850 (O-Bomba is not the Messia. Jesus was a carpenter and could build a cabinet!)
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To: markomalley

the history of administrations that have successfully taken on the media and won is shorter than this sentence

I think a major problem with nobama and his shitcago thugs is their ignorance of this history and their ignorance of America in general. This bunch seems to beleive in their intellectual superiority well beyond their capacity.

Nobama has given us his best shot and proved to shoot no better than that bunch of gangbangas at the Toledo Bar gunfight, lots of banging, zero hitting.


43 posted on 10/19/2009 8:26:09 AM PDT by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: markomalley

This is unbelievable.


44 posted on 10/19/2009 8:27:26 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Hildy

“Please telll me what country we are living in again?”

It sure is starting to resemble Venezuela, isn’t it?


45 posted on 10/19/2009 8:29:31 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Zeddicus
F.A. Hayek opens Ch XI in his 1944 Road to Serfdom with a quote from E.H. Carr:

“It is significant that the nationalization of thought has proceeded everywhere pari passu with the nationalization of industry.”

“If all the sources of current information are effectively under one single control, it is no longer a question of merely persuading the people of this or that. The skillful propagandist then has power to mold their minds in any direction he chooses, and even the most intelligent and independent people cannot entirely escape that influence if they are long isolated from all other sources of information.”

Don't ask me what "pari passu" means but the rest is quite clear. In order to pass his radical measures it is essential that Hussein silence his media opponents.

46 posted on 10/19/2009 8:29:58 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Understand Natural Law and understand our Declaration of Independence & Constitution.)
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To: markomalley

When are we going to hear the phrase...”nattering nabobs of negativism”.?


47 posted on 10/19/2009 8:40:08 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: freebird5850

Obummer: the White House whiner-in-chief


48 posted on 10/19/2009 8:45:34 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: ought-six

It is hard to believe, but this is America. Kind of reminds me of some two-bit third world country. Too bad the best and brightest can’t stand any questioning. All those years at ivy league schools and all they seem to have learned is how to be a union organizer. Geez, guys that failed high school know how to do that.


49 posted on 10/19/2009 8:47:25 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: markomalley
"...If anyone is still puzzled about the facts, in fact I have never been a Muslim. We had to send CNN to look at the school that I attended in Indonesia where kids were wearing short pants and listening to ipods to indicate that this was not a madrassa but was a secular school in Indonesia..." ~ Barack Obama, 24 February 2008

Obama and CNN - Black, White or Yellow

50 posted on 10/19/2009 8:48:06 AM PDT by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE)
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