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Firing at Fox, Shooting Themselves
Commentary ^ | 10/19/2009 | Peter Wehner

Posted on 10/19/2009 6:11:44 PM PDT by markomalley

The White House’s effort to target a news organization like Fox is vaguely Nixonian. The case put forward by the pro-Mao political theorist Anita Dunn is filled with errors and erroneous statements. (See Chris Wallace’s comments during this segment.) And the willingness of liberal commentators like Jacob Weisberg to act as an attack poodle on behalf of the Obama White House is both predictable and discrediting. Frankly, we’re seeing “progressives” explode in outrage at Fox not only because their previous media monopoly has ended but also because Fox is so enormously popular (it’s home to the top-10-rated cable-news programs in America and 13 of the top 15).

It is one thing to set the record straight when specific false charges are made by individual reporters and commentators. But the tactic of a blanket attack against a network like Fox will, I think, end up damaging Barack Obama. The public generally wants its president to act as an adult, mature and relatively high-minded, focused on the problems of the day rather than on targeting media outlets. And it is more evidence of the fictional claim by Obama that he would “resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long”; that “the times are too serious, the stakes are too high” for the same old political-attack tricks; and that he alone would elevate public discourse and serve as a unifying figure for America. Barack Obama is, in fact, turning into one of our most divisive political figures in memory – and he’s become that in less than nine months.

This whole anti-Fox gambit will come across to a lot of people as misguided and petty, the product of a White House that is unusually thin-skinned and somewhat paranoid – and, perhaps, as one that can’t be trusted with power.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dissent; obamaregime

1 posted on 10/19/2009 6:11:44 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I know that some liberals pride themselves on being “elite” and “educated” and prefer other news sources. But, when you consider the high ratings for Fox News, they are clearly attracting an audience. On many days, I hear that Fox News has a greater audience than CNN, MSNBC, and Headline News combined.

Do liberals really think that everybody watching Fox News is a knuckle dragging Neanderthal? Not that the left would ever stereotype people that way, because that’s bigoted, and the left never engages in bigotry.

So I guess we’re supposed to watch Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann and the Ed Show for “nuanced, balanced, even-handed news analysis”????????


2 posted on 10/19/2009 6:21:14 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: markomalley
The public generally wants its president to act as an adult, mature and relatively high-minded

The 'public' didn't care when Clinton acted like an over-sexed high school senior. They'll likely not give a rat's arse how Zero's administration treats a network they deem as "faux", either.

3 posted on 10/19/2009 6:22:49 PM PDT by South40 (I did not know President Ronald Reagan, but he knew me.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
On many days, I hear that Fox News has a greater audience than CNN, MSNBC, and Headline News combined.

Of course they do, they have no competition. Think about it. Leftist news organizations compete with each other. Who competes with Fox for the viewership of those who do not want to watch leftist news?

4 posted on 10/19/2009 6:25:20 PM PDT by South40 (I did not know President Ronald Reagan, but he knew me.)
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To: potlatch


criminal charges will be filed.....

5 posted on 10/19/2009 6:25:38 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Hey - Know what? I'd like a wider seat!" . . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"Firing at Fox, Shooting Themselves"

If Fox backs down it will be a lesson for Fox and all other news outlets. If Fox does not back down and does not suffer any consequences -Obozo loses face Big Time.

6 posted on 10/19/2009 6:25:49 PM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: markomalley; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; perfect_rovian_storm

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericbegin/372790143/


7 posted on 10/19/2009 6:26:20 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: markomalley
No matter what; their polling must indicate that they are safe in attacking Fox News. It IS pathetic; and am sure Fox News knew what was coming when all this began in Obama-style jest.

Whatever the case, this wolf has the biggest ears; and teeth that make for a serious chomping and a timeless MO and warning, to be heeded.

Knock, knock...

8 posted on 10/19/2009 6:29:46 PM PDT by cricket
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Do liberals really think that everybody watching Fox News is a knuckle dragging Neanderthal?

You really have to ask?

9 posted on 10/19/2009 6:32:29 PM PDT by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: cricket

bttt


10 posted on 10/19/2009 6:32:51 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: markomalley
my friends who used to loathe FOX NEWS...said they started watching, two of them “like that Beck guy” and the other thinks it's frustrating to watch, but likes Hannity because he is “ridiculous”. I just have to laugh...more and more people, Thanks to the WH are watching FOX non-news...he he.
11 posted on 10/19/2009 6:34:17 PM PDT by Texas4ever (God is in control!)
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To: markomalley

maybe they will look for the truth about the BC


12 posted on 10/19/2009 6:34:35 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: markomalley; Clintonfatigued

"Zero, you big dummy !"

13 posted on 10/19/2009 6:44:37 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: markomalley
I think FOX should say, "Well, we have tried to be fair and balanced and report it straight down the middle. But the White House has declared to the world that FOX is illegitimate. We have tried since their declaration not to go with fringe stories, but since the White House has declared its findings we find they have cut us loose to report on anything. For example, we have been hearing a lot about the President's birth being Kenyan, that his records cannot be found at the hospital where he alleges he was born, nor can we deny that the copy of a birth cirtificate on the official obama web site and which was stated official is now off and the perpetrator of the fraudulent certificate, hired by obama, has confessed it was a fabricated (at obama's request) certificate. We have restrained ourselves in reporting that Mr.obama will not release his records at Columbia or Harvard and that suspicion is that it would prove the finding that applications showed obama applied as a foreign national. We have not reported that the simple solution for an American president to allay concerns of millions of Americans is to simply do the decent thing and provide all of these documents, if he can. Since he refuses it seems rational to presume the administration has something to hide. We have not reported on all of these things to date, but if this persistence is continued, we will be forced to ask and answer these questions."
14 posted on 10/19/2009 6:47:12 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: fieldmarshaldj

That’s a good one too. Once again, my computer isn’t working like I hope, so I couldn’t get pic up.

: (


15 posted on 10/19/2009 6:54:24 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: markomalley
My thanks to FNC for taking this heat from Obama, & keeping him occupied so that he has little other time to further destroy this country.

Beyond that, Obama is fast building an impressive enemies list.

16 posted on 10/19/2009 7:04:57 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: markomalley

Drudge is reporting that the White House picked out the clothes of Sotomeyer. The worm turns,.....where is the outrage?


17 posted on 10/19/2009 7:10:04 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: markomalley
Fox News should not deal with this on a petty "issues" basis. That is the Left's battleground, and they know that fight. Put them on the defensive on a larger, principled battleground where they cannot win because it is unfamiliar territory for them.

Fox and all liberty-loving citizens everywhere, of whatever political Party or none, should examine their Constitution's position on this matter. Read what the Founders and early Presidents said about it, use it as a "teaching moment" (sound familiar?) for the nation.

"The press [is] the only tocsin of a nation. [When it] is completely silenced... all means of a general effort [are] taken away." --Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, Nov 29, 1802. (*) ME 10:341

"Since truth and reason have maintained their ground against false opinions in league with false facts, the press confined to truth needs no other legal restraint. The public judgment will correct false reasonings and opinions on a full hearing of all parties, and no other definite line can be drawn between the inestimable liberty of the press and its demoralizing licentiousness. If there be still improprieties which this rule would not restrain, its supplement must be sought in the censorship of public opinion." --Thomas Jefferson: 2nd Inaugural Address, 1805. ME 3:381

"The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." --Thomas Jefferson to Charles Yancey, 1816. ME 14:384

"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." --Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

And, finally, but by no means the entirety of Jefferson's thoughts on the need for freedom of the press, no matter how critical its views:

"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 added for emphasis) --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804. ME 11:33

Fox should place this final Jefferson statement on its screen prior to each program as a means of educating the electorate on the role of the press in a free society.

The alphabet networks have dominated interpretation of news for so long that many citizens never have stopped to think that their opinions may have been manipulated in a manner which may not have included a search for truth.

18 posted on 10/19/2009 7:41:48 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Do liberals really think that everybody watching Fox News is a knuckle dragging Neanderthal?

No, but i think the idea is to make those liberal "intellectuals" who watch Fox News think that they are not watching the news at all since the 0bama administration has deemed Fox "not a legitimate news organization".

19 posted on 10/19/2009 7:52:09 PM PDT by uncitizen (I'm mad as hell and i'm not gonna take it anymore!!)
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To: I am Richard Brandon

On Brett Baier’s show this afternoon...I thought I saw a piece that was pretty much FOX throwing the gauntlet down at the Whitehouse.


20 posted on 10/19/2009 8:37:22 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Democrats are RACISTS and are afraid of losing their PLANTATION workers)
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To: markomalley
In the words of Justice Holmes,

"...when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas - that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out."

It's been said that one never truly appreciates something until they have lost it. For the majority of Americans it is difficult to imagine what the loss of freedom and liberty is like. Many can't imagine living in a country where you can be arrested for you say or write. Like many of you, growing up in America I had always taken my liberty and freedom for granted. That all changed when I moved overseas and discovered firsthand that it is our love of freedom and liberty that has made our country an exceptional nation, it is today what we fight for.

Our forefathers before and our brave soldiers today are fighting and sacrificing their lives for freedom and liberty, not for diversity, respect, tolerance, "politcal correctness" or for that matter "Hope" and "Change".

21 posted on 10/20/2009 7:19:59 AM PDT by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE)
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