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War with Fox News? 
18th-Oct-2009 10:24 pm

I happened to see a few news articles on the supposed war between the Obama administration and the Fox news network.  Until now, I thought this was a joke - I could not imagine George Bush trying to "wage war" with any news station.  Then I read this on my friend's Facebook site:

www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/18/white-house-escalates-war-fox-news/

www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html

The first link was from Fox News itself and the second one is from the National Post, since I did want to be fair to President Obama's side of the story. Any opinions on this whole thing?
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19th-Oct-2009 02:52 am (UTC)
I think it's a major blunder on Obama's part. His staff seems to be less political savvy in the post-election environment than they were in the pre-election environment.

"While there is undoubtedly a visceral thrill in finally setting out after your antagonists, the history of administrations that have successfully taken on the media and won is shorter than this sentence...
So far, the only winner in this latest dispute seems to be Fox News. Ratings are up 20 percent this year, and the network basked for a week in the antagonism of a sitting president"

— From The Battle Between the White House and Fox News in the NY Times

"White House interim communications director Anita Dunn assumed the role of lead Fox News Channel-basher this weekend. The attack was a dud. The left-leaning Nation magazine ridiculed President Obama's press shop for turning him into the "whiner-in-chief." AOL media columnist Jeff Bercovici called the war on Fox a "loser's strategy" that "signals weakness." And that's the friendly fire."
— From Who's Behind the White House War on Fox News?

Edited at 2009-10-19 02:53 am (UTC)
19th-Oct-2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Thank you for reminding me that other presidents did not have a kind relationship with the media. How quickly we all forget Bill Clinton's escapades, which made me laugh until I had to explain it all to my then 11 year old stepdaughter.
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