I haven’t really been paying a whole lot of attention to the “feud” between the White House and Fox News. I don’t watch this news channel unless my brother is here. I did watch Glen Beck now and then during the last presidential campaign but honestly, I can’t watch a continuous loop of news over and over. I find it incredibly boring. But this morning I had the tv on and heard more about this “fight” so I looked a little deeper into it. It may be really old news to all of you but it’s not to me so I wanted to throw this out there.
I’m going to copy and paste this here because I know a lot of people don’t go look but this is what this says:
President Obama’s Feud with FOX News
“(CBS) After months of taking incoming fire from the prime-time stars of Fox News, the Obama White House is firing back, charging that FOX News is different from all other news.
“FOX News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director.
“If media is operating basically as a talk radio format, then that’s one thing, and if it’s operating as a news outlet, then that’s another,” Mr. Obama said.
And the White House has gone beyond words, reports CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield. Last Sept. 20, the president went on every Sunday news show – except Chris Wallace’s show on FOX. And on Thursday, the Treasury Department tried to exclude FOX News from pool coverage of interviews with a key official. It backed down after strong protests from the press.
“All the networks said, that’s it, you’ve crossed the line,” said CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid.
Tension between presidents and the press is as old as the Republic. FDR was so incensed by the war reporting of one New York Daily News correspondent he tried to present him with an Iron Cross from Nazi Germany. John Kennedy tried to get New York Timesman David Halberstam pulled out of Vietnam; and Vice-President Spiro Agnew’s assaults on the network press is legendary.
“We have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism,” Agnew said.
What gives this dust-up special irony is that FOX News success comes in no small part from its ability to convince its viewers that the “mainstream” media are slanted to the left. Now, the White House is arguing that the network is not a real news organization at all, and that has brought some mainstream media voices to its defense.
There’s no question that FOX’s prime-time voices come from the right. Moreover, its owner, Rupert Murdoch is a staunch conservative, and its first and only CEO, Roger Ailes, is a veteran of Republican media wars.
But MSNBC in prime-time has its own lineup of commentators – all of whom are on the left side of the spectrum, some of whom met with the president the White House this week.
So why is the White House out to “de-legitimize” FOX? Not because it has opinions, but because its opinion voices are so hostile to Mr. Obama – and because FOX News is, as it has been for a decade, by far the most watched of the cable news networks. In fact, its ratings have increased 13 percent this summer. So if FOX is feeling any pain from the White House’s stance, it’s crying all the way to the bank.”
I also watched this this morning and while I know you either LOVE or HATE Glen Beck, it was very interesting. I’m not a big fan of Katie Couric so I like the way he didn’t let her push him around. It’s a really good interview but it’s almost 45 minutes long so I’ll understand those of you who don’t have time to watch it. Let’s just say if you’re not familiar with him and all you hear is bad, just give it a listen. He dislikes equally and the “bad” things he says about Obama, he’s said about many other people but they didn’t go cry over it. The whole if you don’t like Obama and if you dare say anything bad you’re a racist is covered in here too.
A lot of you may not be interested in this and it may just be old news to the rest of you. What do you think? Do you think any news network should be able to put on what they want? Do you think the White House should be able to say who can cover them or not or do you think what’s happening in our country is fair game for all?