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Documents Show Obama White House Attacked, Excluded Fox News Channel
Judicial Watch ^ | July 14, 2011

Posted on 07/14/2011 9:32:51 AM PDT by jazusamo

White House Emails Detail anti Fox Bias inside Obama White House: “I’m putting some dead fish in the fox cubby -- just cause” “[FNC Anchor] Bret Baier…is a lunatic”

Washington, DC -- July 14, 2011

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered documents from the Obama Department of Treasury showing that the Obama administration, contrary to its repeated denials, attempted to exclude the Fox News Channel (FNC) from a round of interviews with Treasury’s “Executive Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg. The documents, which include email exchanges within the Department of the Treasury and between Treasury and White House staff, also provide colorful evidence of an anti-Fox News bias within the Obama White House.

The documents, obtained last week by Judicial Watch pursuant to an October, 28, 2009, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, concern a series of interviews with Feinberg, who served as the Special Master for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Executive Compensation, on October 22, 2009, organized by the Treasury Department. According to press reports, the Fox News Channel was specifically excluded from joining the pool of reporters which precipitated a backlash among the networks and a reversal by the Obama Treasury Department.

According to The New York Times: “Fox’s television news competitors refused to go along with a Treasury Department effort on Thursday [October 22, 2009] to exclude Fox from a round of interviews with the executive-pay czar Kenneth R. Feinberg that was to be conducted with a ‘pool’ camera crew…”. Fox News Channel’s James Rosen reported this backlash forced the Obama administration to reconsider its position on the matter: “The Washington bureau chiefs of the five TV news network consulted and decided that none of them would interview Feinberg unless Fox was included, and the administration relented…,” reported Rosen. Ultimately, after other media representatives objected, Fox News Channel was allowed to participate in the interviews.

The Treasury Department’s official response, as detailed in back-and-forth emails uncovered by Judicial Watch, included a clear denial of any such plot to exclude Fox News from the interviews: “There was no plot to exclude Fox News, and they had the same interview that their competitors did. Much ado about absolutely nothing.” Moreover, in an October 23, 2009 email to one reporter (name redacted), Jake Siewart, Counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, repeated the denial that there was an effort to exclude Fox News Channel: “Call me today on your Fox-Treasury report,” Siewart wrote. “Not true that there was an ‘effort to exclude’ Fox.”

However, despite this public position, internal Obama administration emails obtained by Judicial Watch provide evidence that FNC was specifically singled out for exclusion. According to one October 22, 2009, email exchange between Dag Vega, Director of Broadcast Media on the White House staff, to Jenni LeCompte, then-Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Treasury Department, Vega informs LeCompte that “…we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”

Regarding general anti-FNC bias within the Obama White House in an October 23, 2009, email exchange between Jennifer Psaki, Deputy White House Communications Director and LeCompte, Psaki writes, “I am putting some dead fish in the fox cubby – just cause”. In an email on the night of October 22, 2009, commenting on a report by Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier noting the exclusion of the network from the pool, Psaki writes to Compte and fellow White House colleagues, “…brett baier just did a stupid piece on it -- but he is a lunatic”.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest bluntly described the White House’s position on Fox News Channel in an October 23, 2009, email to LeCompte: “We’ve demonstrated our willingness and ability to exclude Fox News from significant interviews…”

The Treasury Department blacked out a key email regarding its refusal to make available Treasury Secretary Geithner for an interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.

“The Obama administration seems to have lied about its attempt to exclude Fox News Channel from access to an interview with the ‘pay czar.’ These documents show there is s a pervasive anti-Fox bias in the Obama White House,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The juvenile Mafioso-talk in these emails has no place in any White House. For the Obama administration to purposely exclude a major news organization from access to information has troubling First Amendment implications.”


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“The juvenile Mafioso-talk in these emails has no place in any White House.

That's for sure but there's a juvenile "Chicago way" wanabe Mafioso running the White House, it's to be expected his flunkies will follow suit.

1 posted on 07/14/2011 9:32:54 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

“I’m putting some dead fish in the fox cubby — just cause” “[FNC Anchor] Bret Baier…is a lunatic”

I wonder if Bret Baier is going to continue to kiss Obama’s scrawny ass?


2 posted on 07/14/2011 9:34:50 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on behalf of animals would do so on behalf of the unborn.)
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To: jazusamo
“The Obama administration seems to have lied about its attempt to exclude Fox News Channel from access to an interview with the ‘pay czar.’ These documents show there is s a pervasive anti-Fox bias in the Obama White House,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The juvenile Mafioso-talk in these emails has no place in any White House. For the Obama administration to purposely exclude a major news organization from access to information has troubling First Amendment implications.”

If he's re-elected, we're done...

3 posted on 07/14/2011 9:35:50 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: LottieDah

If he does he is a lunatic but I don’t believe that for a second.


4 posted on 07/14/2011 9:37:03 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


5 posted on 07/14/2011 9:38:07 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Agreed...If he can get away with picking and choosing his media coverage it’s all over, the turkey has to be sent packing.


6 posted on 07/14/2011 9:39:54 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

7 posted on 07/14/2011 9:40:31 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Why is obama attacking FOX? He already uses the taxpayers money to pay Media Matters to doit.


8 posted on 07/14/2011 9:40:31 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: jazusamo

The lie that is Communism is so tenuous, that it cannot even withstand the presence of a Centrist, moderate news network.


9 posted on 07/14/2011 9:42:32 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: jazusamo
colorful evidence of an anti-Fox News bias within the Obama White House.

"Unexpected?" or "Who Knew?"

10 posted on 07/14/2011 9:43:54 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


11 posted on 07/14/2011 9:43:55 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: freeangel
Why is obama attacking FOX? He already uses the taxpayers money to pay Media Matters to do it.

Because he just can't resist micromanaging and meddling.

It's a liberal/statist/communist hallmark.

12 posted on 07/14/2011 9:44:18 AM PDT by null and void (Day 905. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: jazusamo

I’m somewhat apprenhensive about the election because I personally know a bunch of people who will vote for obama.

Then there’s the FRAUD issue...


13 posted on 07/14/2011 9:46:37 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: jazusamo; Nachum

Thanks for the ping Nachum. This a reflection on whom I call the “Street Punk in Chief”. When it comes to Street Punks it seems Chicago produces the best.

Something they can be proud of?


14 posted on 07/14/2011 9:57:59 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Street Punk in Chief? More like a ‘Big Boss’ wannabe. :)


15 posted on 07/14/2011 10:03:22 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Street Punk in Chief....ain’t that the boss of the punks?


16 posted on 07/14/2011 10:06:06 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: jazusamo

"For the Obama administration to purposely exclude a major news organization from access to information has troubling First Amendment implications."

Feh, that "First Amendment" doesn't matter to Obozo - it's one of those "Bill of Rights" thingys...


17 posted on 07/14/2011 10:10:36 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: jazusamo

To me he more of a five year old brat than Gangter President

Even old school Chicago Mafia wouldn’t hang out with Obama


18 posted on 07/14/2011 10:14:26 AM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: SevenofNine
Even old school Chicago Mafia wouldn’t hang out with Obama

Absolutely right, he'd be an embarrassment to them.

19 posted on 07/14/2011 10:18:07 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: null and void

He attaches Fox because he understands that sort of thing. The economy? Foreign Policy? Not so much.


20 posted on 07/14/2011 10:35:57 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: jazusamo

Bret Baier a lunatic? He’s the one show I still watch. I love his interviews as well.

Get these punks out of the WH. They are nothing but punks, ever last damn one of them.


21 posted on 07/14/2011 11:03:30 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: SueRae

Agreed. Brett Baier does a very good job for Fox News, Brit Hume chose well when he selected him for his replacement.


22 posted on 07/14/2011 11:06:52 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

More diversions - they avoid the issues/Obammy policies at all costs.


23 posted on 07/14/2011 11:40:54 AM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: jazusamo

Seems that judicialwatch is down!?


24 posted on 07/14/2011 4:43:31 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: freejohn

Yes it is, I’ve tried to access for several hours and nothing.


25 posted on 07/14/2011 4:50:04 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

A few hours ago when I first tried to get to the site .. I was thrown off and my browser was shut down.


26 posted on 07/14/2011 4:59:11 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: jazusamo

This the easier question to answer: Is there anything legal that this loser White House crowd does?


27 posted on 07/14/2011 6:18:20 PM PDT by hal ogen
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