Obama's flawed Fox hunt

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The Obama administration, so reluctant to finish the war in Afghanistan, wants to silence dissent and destroy the dissenters at home. Ground zero is Fox News.

The Obama campaign and administration have always treated the network as an adversary -- and, in fact, they seem more willing to engage rogue dictators and despots before sitting down with this American network.

Indeed, the White House strategy now has gone beyond avoiding Fox altogether: Officials recently declared that Fox is not a real news network. Moreover, Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel seemed to even fire a warning shot at the CNNs of the world, saying in a mafia sort of way that they shouldn't follow Fox's lead on stories.

You got a nice network here. I'd hate to see something happen to it.

Coming from a powerful and combative executive branch of the federal government, that's downright chilling.

Even Fox's competitors are recoiling. Unabashed Obama supporter David Gergen said on CNN that the White House is making a mistake by attacking Fox and not engaging with the network. And ABC News' Jake Tapper challenged White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs, "Can you explain why it's appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one?"

Moreover, Obama's attack on Fox ignores blatant liberal bias in other media. That's OK, though, since they're on Obama's side.

That's not the American way. Dissent is to be embraced, not silenced.

"This is an overtly political campaign" against Fox, writes Nile Gardiner in The Daily Telegraph of London, "and one that is doomed to failure, as it will ensure that even more Americans end up tuning in to Fox shows. The United States is a nation built around the principles of free speech, limited government, and free enterprise, and it is highly unusual for a U.S. administration to launch an authoritarian vendetta against an individual news station. It smacks of mean-spiritedness as well as desperation ...

"Fox News is succeeding in America precisely because it is not afraid to challenge the status quo, and to take on the power of big government. It is unique in broadcast media in going against the grain of the dominant liberal networks, NBC, CBS and ABC, by providing an alternative perspective in a nation where conservatives are still the largest ideological group according to Gallup. Television news in America has for decades been dominated by a left-of-centre oligopoly that has not reflected public opinion. That smug arrangement was shattered when Fox opened for business in the mid-1990s."

But this is even more than an attack on what Obama perceives as a conservative media outlet. It's a concerted, strategic and multifaceted effort to silence all enemies of state.

The campaign against Fox, writes the nonpartisan Politico.com, "underscores how deeply political the Obama White House is in its daily operations --- with a strong focus on redrawing the electoral map and discrediting the personalities and ideas that have powered the conservative movement over the past 20 years.

"This determination has manifested itself in small ways: This president has done three times as many fundraisers as President George W. Bush had at this point in his term. And in large ones: Beginning with their contretemps with Limbaugh last winter, Obama's most important advisers miss few opportunities for public and highly partisan shots at his most influential critics."

How sad -- especially since Mr. Obama promised hope, unity and bipartisanship.

It will be the biggest and most consequential promise he breaks.

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dageroth
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dageroth 10/22/09 - 01:54 am
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Liberal media here is your

Liberal media here is your HERO! You put this man in office by showing the world he can do no wrong. FRirst thing he does is to put tax evaders in high offices, next attacts the one non-liberal media because he does not like what they say. Just think how YOU LIBERALS would have reacted if BGush had done the same thing.! Now lets see how fair you are now.are you going to praise or condem! How you handle this will show the world whether or not we truly have freedom of the press or just like the dictaror countries you trash. It is up to you now to put the correcdt light on your HERO now! See if you are up to the challlenge!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 10/22/09 - 02:42 am
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politico also took at potshot

politico also took at potshot at drudgerreport for Matt's constant updates and links to foreign media's reporting on the decline of the value of dollar. it's rather pathetic.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 10/22/09 - 04:39 am
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Mark my words.....there will

Mark my words.....there will be tons of liberals that will defend Obama today, and will talk about Fox (and used their favorite slur of "Faux News") Yet none of them will be able to state anything that is wrong with Fox News. Their rants will be completely devoid of facts but heavy on name calling. Just mark my words.

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Riverman1 10/22/09 - 04:57 am
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Michelle Malkin said last

Michelle Malkin said last night that the NY Times knew about scandals in ACORN before the election and told the reporter who wanted to do a story on the matter to back off. They were afraid it would hurt Obama's election chances. She asked the question, "So who is the real news organization?"

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/22/09 - 05:00 am
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MSNBC's Keith Olberman said

MSNBC's Keith Olberman said their network is now the number one news one because the administration said Fox is not a real news organization. He sure latched on to that to make his pathetic ratings look better.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/22/09 - 05:23 am
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Well,America,democracy was a

Well,America,democracy was a good run and now it is over.marxism, communism,and socialism are the order of the day.Here is the "change"you were promised.all hail king,mesiah,deliverer hussein!

carcraft
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carcraft 10/22/09 - 05:28 am
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The point of this attack on

The point of this attack on Fox News serves two purposes. The first is to distract from Obumbler's miserable record. We are ten months into Obumbler's adminstration and he has done nothing except worsen the economy. The jobless rate is still climbing, our economy is tanking, Afghanistan is daily getting worse, Iran is full speed ahead on getting nukes, the dollar is in the hole, Gitmo will not be closed in a year. The second purpose is to warn other news services that they could end up on the out.The news media needs to stay focused on the real issues America is facing, a tanking economy, a nuclear Iran, a weak dollar. Fox news is important but not the number one issue in America!

concernednative
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concernednative 10/22/09 - 05:58 am
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Fox News made it bed now lay

Fox News made it bed now lay in it. When Meagan Kelly went on after he clinched the nomination and Barack Obama gave his wife a little fist pump and she said "is that a terrorist fist jab"? They took it from the opinion shows and bought it into the news from that day forward. It is okay to challenge him non stop which they do. With all their negative themed questions. Then a few weeks later during a news show below Michelle Obama's picture "Obama's Baby Mama" not wife like every other person they cover. Then they continued with the madrassa story after every fact check and other news organization had debunked it. All this and more before he was inaugurated and it has only gotten worse.

MrAlwaysRight
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MrAlwaysRight 10/22/09 - 06:11 am
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"Fox News made it bed now lay

"Fox News made it bed now lay in it". ... My third grader can write a better sentence than that. From all accounts (I don't watch TV news), the liberal rape of GW Bush by the media was/is far worse than anything Fox has done. Liberals hate the truth when it doesn't further their ideas. I'm starting to believe those who say revolution is coming, unless a patriot steps up and ends the madness. As for Ma0bama: Just Say Go... Away.

justus4
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justus4 10/22/09 - 06:33 am
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A brilliant move by this
Unpublished

A brilliant move by this administration that will result in a gift that keep on giving and here's why: This bunch will become marginalized to the point where their heads explode and since no minority citizens are involved with their operations, their message of hate will be reduced. Sure, their hardcore viewers are plotting some legal actions or some comparision to Nixon (R) that will only fuel their decline. The president's name is spoken thousands of times throughout the day - these people are obsessed with his every move. Radio talkers have an obsession because there is no diversity anywhere - they can't properly explain what is happening. Here is "their" critical error: U can't judge, or be critical, or even evaluate this president like the ones before. U can't have an all-white media operation constantly complaining, whining, being derogatory because at some point: U become the Ugly American or Anti-American. Thats where those guys are heading...Yep, U gonna have to bow down to this administration because attacking this president won't be just another day at the office. Oh, and the Fox Hunt is slipping into a fringe element of a fringe party that's going the way of the Whigs.

concernednative
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concernednative 10/22/09 - 06:37 am
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What wasn't true about my

What wasn't true about my post?

carcraft
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carcraft 10/22/09 - 06:41 am
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concernednative on Thu Oct

concernednative on Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:58 AM When does the White House decide who in the media are journalists and news services? Doesn't it scare you or bother you that the White House has bragged about controlling the media? Doesn't it bother you that a paper with the standing of the New York Times crushed stories unfavorable to a canidate becuase he was their canidate? Don't you find it sad that The New York Times ran a decade old story to slime McCain? Isn't it stange that a "News Organization" would do a fact check on a Saturday Night Live skit? British papers have better reporting on American politics than US papers!

concernednative
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concernednative 10/22/09 - 06:48 am
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carcfrat. When you don't

carcfrat. When you don't behave like news the white house has no obligation to treat you as such. Let's face it the above examples are trash and not fitting for a first class news organization. I have dozens more but you get the point. Now if the WH tries to take Fox News license or take them off the air. I will fight for Fox News to stay on the air. I will just keep a vomit bag near while I am protesting on their behalf.

IraDoofus
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IraDoofus 10/22/09 - 06:50 am
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I guess we should ignore

I guess we should ignore Fox's #1 ratings, huh? They are really enjoying being marginalized as much as conservative talk radio.

TechLover
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TechLover 10/22/09 - 06:52 am
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Nile Gardiner is Director of

Nile Gardiner is Director of The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, not exactly a nonpartisan group. As for Politico being nonpartsan, I suggest: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2007/05/04/politico_funding/index...

IraDoofus
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IraDoofus 10/22/09 - 06:58 am
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The latest Rasmussen poll

The latest Rasmussen poll shows that Obama's "strongly approve" rating has dropped to a historic minus-13 level. So those who still strongly support Obama are very much a minority, and not just genetically.

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 10/22/09 - 06:58 am
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Any paper that defends Faux

Any paper that defends Faux News as a legitimate news source is a paper I wouldn't buy.

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IraDoofus 10/22/09 - 07:02 am
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sonnyboy - Thanks for the

sonnyboy - Thanks for the entertainment by making Tigger's 4:39am post come true so quickly. Y'all mantra mouthing morons are so predictable it's almost no fun anymore. Broken record, day after day. Still none can give positive examples of what Obama has done right or what Fox and Rush are doing wrong.

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corgimom 10/22/09 - 07:10 am
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That pardon won't come easy,

That pardon won't come easy, will it, Justus?

RushLimbuttbubba
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RushLimbuttbubba 10/22/09 - 07:11 am
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"I hope they fail" "They are

"I hope they fail" "They are over Americun" " Anybody got some drugs?"

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 10/22/09 - 07:18 am
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This is a blatant attack on

This is a blatant attack on first amendment rights. How is it that the White House can declare what is and what is not a news station? Where does it end? Will they next declare what is and what is not a church, a school, a non profit organization? The slippery slope of the all powerful Hussein and his attacks on the American Society. What if Bush had declared MSNBC not a news organization, the left would be screaming a fit. Olberman is a clown who spouts his liberal crap and his "I hate Bush" rhetoric. A news organization that silences reporters, sounds like something Chavez would do, shut down all media that reports the truth about his corruption. I see Justus again did not recognize that Juan Williams was told to get "back on the porch" by that Ballentine (?) hate monger. That is the most racist thing I have ever heard against another black person. The racist's seem to be attacking their own because those they attack do not hold the same viewpoint. Justus continues to say that whites are holding down blacks, in this case it seems to be coming from within. Very sad.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/22/09 - 07:23 am
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justus4;YOU are most racist

justus4;YOU are most racist hatemonger that I have seen post here.EVERY post includes racist remarks. You are the one that HATES everyone that is NOT a minority simply because of their race.You embrace racism as long as it is spewed by non-minorities.you play the "race card"EVERY time anyone disagrees with your opinion.you refuse to debate on any issue-just play the racist card.By the way,I am not going to "bow down"to ANY administration! Death before dishonor!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 10/22/09 - 07:29 am
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Fox news is one of the worst

Fox news is one of the worst in the country, I use to watch it, but can't stomach it anymore, it's a daily hate fest of Obama and his administration. And that's where all the NUTS and CRAZIES get their information from those who SPEW NUTTY CRAZY conspiracies. It want be long before one of those nuts tell their followers the sky will be purple and to be at a particular spot the world is going to end just before or after Obama syas this on this day and time. And if you want to be raptured up be there, it will be like a tea party, as we rapture on up from the Obamaworld LOL. NUTS.

TechLover
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TechLover 10/22/09 - 07:30 am
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"I'm sure you don't want

"I'm sure you don't want people to conclude that there is really no distinction between the "news" as reported on NBC and the "opinion" as reported on MSNBC, despite the increasing blurring of those lines. I welcome your response to this letter, and hope it is one that reassures your broadcast network's viewers that blatantly partisan talk show hosts like Christopher Matthews and Keith Olbermann at MSNBC don't hold editorial sway over the NBC network news division."

Sincerely,

Ed Gillespie
Counselor to the President

concernednative
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concernednative 10/22/09 - 07:31 am
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soonerorlater, the 1st

soonerorlater, the 1st amendment will be violated when they try to take them off the air. Everything else is just criticism. IraDoofus, the doofus explains your 6:58am post.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/22/09 - 07:31 am
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The most divisive president

The most divisive president in history has the most divisive philosophy and consistently makes the most divisive speeches daily. One would expect him to attack the most watched news in the nation. His attacks on the capitalism that powers the economy and on individualism that powers the greatness of this country combined with his attacks on the banking system and manufacturing should have made it clear he's following the Chavez game plan of "freeing" the country. He certainly doesn't need FOX NEWS to expose HOW he's freeing the country. Can this experiment end soon enough?

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 10/22/09 - 07:35 am
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It want be long before

It want be long before KKKanity, Beck or someone tell their followers to ARM Up, let's meet at this place and at this time we are going to SHOW EM, and get this neither one of them will probably show up. What's funny no conservative can see or hear the hate that's being spewed from drugbaugh and the above two, it's like it's fall on deaf ears. Isn't it something that 99% of their listeners/followers believe it to be TRUE verbatim what these hatemongers and fearmongers spew. *SHRUGS*

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/22/09 - 07:36 am
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jackstupidfruit speaks and

jackstupidfruit speaks and shrugs

MyChronicleUserAccount
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MyChronicleUserAccount 10/22/09 - 07:36 am
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we need to turn off OBAMA

we need to turn off OBAMA news...Lets ignore the ignoramus!~

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 10/22/09 - 07:37 am
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The Chronicle staff must

The Chronicle staff must either or watch fox, listen to drugbaugh, kkkanity, beck, bruce, O'Reilly and the likes, as it seems most of their editorials fall in line with what the above people have said that day or the day before. How much longer will this paper stay afloat LOL.

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