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The Obama war against Fox News: Risky business?
LA Times ^ | October 19, 2009

Posted on 10/19/2009 11:43:32 AM PDT by La Lydia

The Obama White House is making no secret of its distaste for Fox News. In a round of Sunday talk show appearances, the administration escalated its war against the network that likes to call itself "fair and balanced" but that happens to feature quite a few conservative voices...

But some are wondering if this is smart politics. Given that Fox News boasts a far larger audience than cable competitors CNN and MSNBC, and given that most elections are decided by independents who might occasionally watch FNC, the strategy could backfire.

“It's a very risky strategy,” perennial presidential advisor David Gergen said recently on CNN. “It's not one I would advocate.”

For its part, the administration seems content to keep the battle going, even though the wars have already claimed a few victims. Glenn Beck pounded the lectern relentlessly about green jobs czar Van Jones for signing a petition suggesting government conspiracy in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Jones resigned.

Now Beck has turned his furor on White House communications director Anita Dunn for saying that China's Mao Tse-tung was one of her favorite philosophers. Firing back, Dunn said she picked up the line from renowned Republican strategist Lee Atwater and that it was meant as irony.

"The use of the phrase 'favorite political philosophers' was intended as irony, but clearly the effort fell flat -- at least with a certain Fox commentator whose sense of irony may be missing," she said. Keeping up the White House attack, Dunn also charged that Fox serves as "the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."...

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anitadunn; bho44; boomerangs; fatwahs; foxnews; glennbeck; karma; msm; waronfox
Ya think?
1 posted on 10/19/2009 11:43:33 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Fox news = enemy, taliban = seat at the table.


2 posted on 10/19/2009 11:46:22 AM PDT by linn37 ( "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: La Lydia

Distraction. Americans have the Jerry Springer mindset. The American public will happily follow this food fight.

Meanwhile the knife of socialized medicine will be slid into the public’s back.


3 posted on 10/19/2009 11:48:56 AM PDT by brownsfan (The screen name is a misnomer. Cleveland is STILL without a PRO team.)
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To: La Lydia

What it does highlight is just how thin a wall there is between the United States and despotism and what a bunch of thugs are in office.


4 posted on 10/19/2009 11:50:47 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: brownsfan

You may be right, but I haven’t noticed any drop off in the news coverage of the health care/socialized medicine debate.


5 posted on 10/19/2009 11:54:26 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia
"..Now Beck has turned his furor on White House communications director Anita Dunn for saying that China's Mao Tse-tung was one of her favorite philosophers. Firing back, Dunn said she picked up the line from renowned Republican strategist Lee Atwater and that it was meant as irony..."

Want to bet that the Atwater reference is never found.

6 posted on 10/19/2009 11:59:27 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: La Lydia

In Twain’s day it was “never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel.” Today in regards to Fox, specifically Beck, I’d say “never pick a fight with a man who has a 3 hour radio show, a TV show whose ratings are soaring, and who also writes bestseller books on a regular basis.” The WH won’t win this one...they’ll just boost Fox’s ratings (look at a chart of Beck’s ratings since Obama’s been after Fox...he’s almost tied with BOR.)


7 posted on 10/19/2009 11:59:52 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: La Lydia

This attack on Fox News was actually what finally got my wife’s attention. She was a Kusinch supporter but has said that she will vote Republican next time.

You dont know my wife so you dont know how much of a statement that was. It was huge. She had shown zero interest in the Conservatives before.

She actually watched Glenn Beck last week without snide comment. Actually listened.

Our message is getting out there. Fight for every family member and co-worker you can.

Leave them with doubts about their cause. Even if they wont admit it to your face most folks will go home and think about what you say. Start the worry in their brains!


8 posted on 10/19/2009 12:02:35 PM PDT by Gurgi
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Anne Dunn looks like an old commie warhorse type of gal. Nothing she can say now is going to get her out of that ideological ghetto.


9 posted on 10/19/2009 12:07:33 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: La Lydia

Yeah, How Ironic that she kept talking about Mao.


10 posted on 10/19/2009 12:07:58 PM PDT by marstegreg
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To: La Lydia

Bring it on!


11 posted on 10/19/2009 12:10:10 PM PDT by Welcome2thejungle
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To: La Lydia

Shades of Nixon’s enemies list.


12 posted on 10/19/2009 12:12:20 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: La Lydia
"The use of the phrase 'favorite political philosophers' was intended as irony, but clearly the effort fell flat -- at least with a certain Fox commentator whose sense of irony may be missing," she said.

If this was her oratory attempt to use irony, she left out the punch line that made the point she was looking for. Beck played the entire context, obviously anticipating this response.

After careful analyzation, I am sure, either, there was no irony intended or she is too stupid to be analyzing other media. She carefully explains why Mao was her man. He was persistent and went against the grain. He took the unpopular path against all odds and succeeded (in killing millions).

And what was that token thing about Mother Theresa? "Go find your own Calcutta?" I didn't see what this had to do with political philosophy and it didn't seem very flattering to her.

13 posted on 10/19/2009 12:12:48 PM PDT by Tenacious 1 (Government For the People - an obviously concealed oxymoron)
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To: freekitty

Except some of the enemies richly deserved to be on his list, like that old communist Daniel Schorr. And crackpots like John Conyers, Morton Halperin and that editor at the LA Times who worked for Splash Kennedy.


14 posted on 10/19/2009 12:16:16 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Dunn’ statement on Mao was intended to be ironic; right. So, was she also being ironic about Mother Teresa? Was she so bent on being ironic that she devoted something like half the speech to how great and influential Mao was? Does she really think no one can listen to her (recorded) speech and immediately discern the context?


15 posted on 10/19/2009 12:16:43 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Little Pig

She blames the Mao statement on Lee Atwater, a dead guy who can’t refute it. There is no record anywhere of him having said it, that is, it is not cited. I can’t watch the video of that bowwow actually giving her speech. She has some kind of tic or something that makes it painful to watch for very long. But I would guess her devotion is Mao is much greater than her devotion to Mother Teresa. Like many Dems, she is attempting to have it both ways by saying she was “joking” about Mao and attempting to be serious about Mother Teresa. Whatta gal.


16 posted on 10/19/2009 12:19:59 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: linn37

First the NYT, then CNN now the LATimes are saying the same thing.

It has to be self destruction. We couldn’t have planned this is we tried.


17 posted on 10/19/2009 12:21:32 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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To: La Lydia

18 posted on 10/19/2009 12:23:16 PM PDT by McGruff (Go rogue baby, go rogue!)
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To: McGruff

He is one sinister, creepy guy.


19 posted on 10/19/2009 12:25:23 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Those 5 Glenn Beck “re-founders” might have the White House going on the offensive. Who are they and what might they say?


20 posted on 10/19/2009 12:31:42 PM PDT by BAW (Shocked and awed at what is happening to my country)
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To: La Lydia

Dunn was just being ironic. Really? Keep handingthis babe a shovel. More of her “irony” can prove useful, particularly as she continues to rag on Fox. Also, Axelrod should be careful about who and what he calls a news organization, given his “journalistic” career, such as it was in Chicago. Remember Dave, the old saying about glass houses and throwing stones.


21 posted on 10/19/2009 12:52:43 PM PDT by easttennesseejohn
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To: easttennesseejohn

I don’t believe he was EVER a real journalist. I think he has been a propaganda producer for his entire career. And the newspapers that employed him and printed his agitprob didn’t care. Now they are going bankrupt.


22 posted on 10/19/2009 12:57:23 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Only a matter of time before somebody finds a photo of her in a Mao or a Che shirt or similar incriminating “irony.”


23 posted on 10/19/2009 1:13:51 PM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: La Lydia

No.

He’s a hardcore lefty. This is winning him nothing but praise from the radical left. Go check out the number 1 recommended diary at DailyKos if you don’t believe me.

And don’t be surprised when you see the rest of the media piling on Fox News.

When they said “Free Press”, they didn’t mean for people who disagree.


24 posted on 10/19/2009 1:15:27 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Tzimisce

I’ll take your word for it. I do not give DailyKos my clicks.


25 posted on 10/19/2009 1:18:35 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: brownsfan

“Distraction. Americans have the Jerry Springer mindset. The American public will happily follow this food fight.
Meanwhile the knife of socialized medicine will be slid into the public’s back.”

Exactly right. While conservatives stay in a froth about Fox, or Rush, the WH bulls it’s agenda forward.
I expect that when it’s all said and done the Republic will die without a whimper and without much notice. We’ll be watching run away balloons.
IMHO Obama knows exactly what he’s doing. All this crap in the media is just a distraction. Wish more Americans didn’t swallow it hook line & sinker. I’m personally glad I don’t have cable TV.


26 posted on 10/19/2009 1:24:08 PM PDT by snarkybob (')
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To: La Lydia

I saw the tape - Dunn was dead serious about her favorite political philosophers ... The real question is “why”? I think naming a communist as a favorite is a “suck up” to her boss - Obama. Which tells us much about her perception of him...


27 posted on 10/19/2009 5:26:10 PM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal NFL doesn't think Rush is good enough for them? They feel the same about us-BOYCOTT)
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To: submarinerswife

“First the NYT, then CNN now the LATimes are saying the same thing.”

Saying what same thing? The same thing as Fox said or the same thing/excuse as Dunn said?


28 posted on 10/19/2009 7:17:01 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: snarkybob

Then what are you even doing on this thread?


29 posted on 10/19/2009 7:19:35 PM PDT by bustinchops (Teddy ("The Hiccup") Kennedy - the original water-boarder)
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To: bustinchops

“Then what are you even doing on this thread?”

Sounding off. The same thing everybody else is doing here.


30 posted on 10/19/2009 7:49:46 PM PDT by snarkybob (')
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To: bustinchops
Saying what same thing? The same thing as Fox said or the same thing/excuse as Dunn said?

Slamming th WH for it's childish fight with a news organization. Helen Thomas joined in, too. (Sorry for mentioning her in this thread. Hopefully the rule of posting her picture will be overlooked)

31 posted on 10/19/2009 8:17:37 PM PDT by submarinerswife ("If I win I can't 't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead." - George S. Patton)
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