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Obama Continues Attack On Fox News

From those rightwing reactionaries at Fox News:

White House Escalates War of Words With Fox News

Monday, October 12, 2009

Calling Fox News "a wing of the Republican Party," the Obama administration on Sunday escalated its war of words against the channel, even as observers questioned the wisdom of a White House war on a news organization.

"What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party," said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. "They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is."

In recent weeks, the White House has begun using its government blog to directly attack what it called "Fox lies." …

Dunn used an appearance on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" over the weekend to complain about Fox News’ coverage of the Obama presidential campaign a year ago.

"It was a time this country was in two wars," she recalled. "We’d had a financial collapse probably more significant than any financial collapse since the Great Depression. If you were a Fox News viewer in the fall election, what you would have seen would have been that the biggest stories and biggest threats facing America were a guy named Bill Ayers and something called ACORN." …

As for Dunn’s complaint about Fox News’ coverage of the Obama campaign, a study by the Pew Research Center showed that 40 percent of Fox News stories on Obama in the last six weeks of the campaign were negative. Similarly, 40 percent of Fox News’ stories on Obama’s Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain, were negative.

On CNN, by contrast, there was a 22-point disparity in the percentage of negative stories on Obama (39 percent) and McCain (61 percent). The disparity was even greater at MSNBC, according to Pew, where just 14 percent of Obama stories were negative, compared to a whopping 73 percent of McCain stories — a spread of 59 points…

Still, Obama refused to appear on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on Sept. 20, the day he appeared on five other Sunday shows. At the time, the White House characterized the snub as payback for the Fox Broadcast Network’s decision not to air an Obama prime time appearance. But last weekend, Dunn blamed Fox News Channel’s coverage of the administration for Obama’s snub of Fox News Sunday.

"Is this why he did not appear?" Dunn said. "The answer is yes." …

Dunn was asked by CNN’s Howard Kurtz whether Obama would grant an interview to Fox News by the end of the year.

"Obviously, he’ll go on Fox, because he engages with ideological opponents and he has done that before, he will do it again," Dunn replied. "I can’t give you a date, because frankly I can’t give you dates for anybody else right now."

But last week, Fox News was informed by the White House that Obama would grant no interviews to the channel until at least 2010. The edict was relayed to Fox News by a White House official after Dunn discussed the channel at a meeting with presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs and other Obama advisers.

"What I will say is that when he (Obama) goes on Fox, he understands he’s not going on it really as a news network, at this point," Dunn said on CNN. "He’s going on to debate the opposition. And that’s fine. He never minds doing that."

Dunn also strongly implied that Fox had failed to follow up on a New York Times story about a scandal swirling around GOP Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, although Fox News broadcast the stories on numerous shows, including Special Report with Bret Baier…

In an interview over the summer, Obama made clear that Fox News has gotten under his skin.

"I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration," he told CNBC’s John Harwood. "You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front." …

Some background on Ms. Dunn, courtesy of Wikipedia:

Anita Dunn

Dunn began her career in the Carter White House, first as an intern for White House Communications Director Gerald Rafshoon and then worked for chief of staff Hamilton Jordan. She worked on the campaign of Senator John Glenn (D-OH), and on Capitol Hill before joining the firm founded by Bob Squier and Bill Knapp in 1993.

She has been the top adviser to Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ), including serving as the chief strategist for his presidential campaign, Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), and former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD).

She was hired by then-Senator Barack Obama in 2006 to direct communications and strategy for his political action committee, The Hopefund… While advising Hopefund and Obama in 2006, she was instrumental in the preparations for the launch of Obama for America…

In April 2008, it was announced that Dunn, who had joined the Obama campaign in February, would be the director of communications, policy and research operations for Obama for America, where she held the title Senior Adviser and was one of the major decision makers of the Obama campaign.

During the presidential transition of 2008-09, Dunn trained White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

She is married to the President’s personal lawyer, Robert Bauer, a partner at Perkins Coie who has been the general counsel of Obama for America since January 2007.

As we have noted before, Perkins Coie is quite a law firm.

Also from Wikipedia:

Perkins Coie

Perkins Coie also serves as counsel of record for the Democratic Party and its candidates; its political law group is headed by top campaign lawyer Bob Bauer. Perkins Coie represented John Kerry’s presidential campaign and recently represented the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama. The firm represented Christine Gregoire in the prolonged litigation surrounding her 2004 Washington State gubernatorial election, and a team of Perkins lawyers headed by Marc Elias is currently representing Al Franken in his legal battle over the 2008 Senatorial election in Minnesota. The firm also represents the Democratic Leadership Council, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

In 2006, Perkins Coie made headlines when, led by partner Harry Schneider, it represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the alleged driver and bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden. The case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the Bush Administration’s Military Commissions were held unconstitutional.

These people help steal elections and defend terrorists, but they consider Fox News ‘the enemy.’

Come to think of it, they may have a point.

(Thanks to NickB for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Continues Attack On Fox News”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    “Bill Ayers & Acorn aren’t the most important thing. Bill Ayers & Acorn IN THE WHITE HOUSE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!”

    Howz that? Pretty good Ann Coulter, huh?

  2. catie says:

    These people are nothing more than petulant children. Obama is the biggest cry baby, whiner, teacher’s pet moron I have ever seen. I cannot believe they’re wasting tax payer dollars on this.
    Called the White House yesterday regarding this issue and the operator said she would let Ms. Dunn know. I did it from a phone at the Volvo dealership (where my car was being serviced) because I do not trust these people. They’re bullies.

  3. proreason says:

    So far, Fox News is winning this war.

    The only war the Moron is willing to fight.

    And Fox is the only enemy worth fighting.

  4. wterrier says:

    GO FOX!
    Win one for the Gipper.

  5. AmericanIPA says:

    Not like CNN would ever show any bias of it’s own. But to the party who has controlled the mainstream media for decades now, just giving airtime to an opposing argument must seem like complete treason. Even though Democrats control the media, it must seem very scary to them to hear the thing on FOX News that they have become accustomed to not hearing on the other news outlets–the truth.

    We on the right have to develop an attitude and ruthlessness on par with those on the left if we want to ever return America to it’s former greatness. We’re not going to win any shootouts carrying pocketknives. I’m glad there is still one honest news outlet left in the country.

  6. artboyusa says:

    BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA (mmm mmm), stars in “AGNEWSTEIN, or The Modern Prometheus”! Co-starring Rahm Emanuel as “Igor” and introducing Ted Agnew as “The Creature”!

    “This is it. This is the one, right here”.

    “Are you sure, Master?”

    “Of course I’m sure, Rahm – I mean Igor. I can read, can’t I? Look – it says ‘HERE LIES SPIRO T. AGNEW’ right there”. The lantern light flickered on the rich marble of the headstone. “Now start digging – they don’t come any more shovel ready than this guy, you know”.

    “Yes, Master!”

    “I’ll keep watch. Let’s hope no one wanders past and wonders what we’re doing in a Baltimore cemetery at midnight with a storm lantern, a shovel and a canvas sack”.

    “I was kind of wondering that myself, Master”.

    “I didn’t say you could stop digging, did I? Dig dig! Chop chop! Let’s get that stiff back to the lab and onto the slab”.

    “An ingenious rhyme Master – but why?”

    “Always with the questions! Why can’t you be more like Olympia Snowe and just do as you’re told for once? Look, in that hole is what’s left of Spiro Agnew – and I need him!”

    “But Master – won’t he be all smelly and decayed?”

    “So what? He can’t be worse than Helen Thomas. No Igor, I have in mind a special task for this Agnew creature, a job only he can do!”

    “But he’s dead Master!”

    “A mere detail! Once I have him back in the lab I shall resurrect him, using the latest scientific technology as seen on TV and as featured in Parade magazine! My boundless genius, harnessed to modern anti-aging serums and creams, shall infuse his carcass with new vigor and Agnew shall live again!”

    “But Master – you can’t play God!”

    “Ha ha! Just watch me! I say that Agnew shall once more walk the Earth and terrify my media enemies and everybody else too. Dumb, corrupt and obedient as he was in life, so shall he be again – the perfect instrument for my assault on the Third Amendment!”

    “You mean the First Amendment, don’t you Master?” fretted Igor. “The Third Amendment forbids the quartering of troops in private dwellings during peace time without the consent of the owner”.

    “Shut up! Don’t contradict me! I hate that!”

    “That does seem to be a big problem for you, Master”.

    “I said shut up!”

    “Yes, Master”.

  7. joeblough says:

    Red Hussein won’t tolerate anything less than absolute unanimity, and perfect obedience.

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