Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ominous offensive on opposing Obama...

The man is making a mistake; or at least his team is: it is not new news that Obama has problems with Fox News, you may call them his bête noire (are we allowed to say that?) but the offensive is getting more pronounced and more sinister: so a news network doesn't like the President or what he's doing? Big deal, but no, it's not even that bad: Fox News are not lying or inventing stuff or even being that rude, they are just making sure Team Obama knows what a lot a people think. The fact that him and his team have problems with that - AND are taking measures to stop it - seems to me rather sinister. It is only one network and in the UK we have a very good example of what happens when a "pretty", good on camera, sharp dressed, grining, all-things-to-all-men, performing seal is allowed a prolonged 'media honeymoon'.

The latest and strongest very public assault on Fox News began about two weeks ago when White House Communications Director Anita Dunn used a CNN interview to accuse Fox of being a "wing of the Republican Party." Hugo Chavez springs to mind. Nobody seemed to cry out when there was cringingly embarrassing, totally bias, obsequious bum-licking coverage of Obamessiah during the election campaign (you know who you are)

"A lot of their news programming, it's really not news. It's pushing a point of view," senior adviser David Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week."

"The way we -- the president looks at it and we look at it, is, it is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective," White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel added on CNN's "State of the Union."

Worth adding that although Fox News has won the cable news ratings war for many years (it is close to network news viewing figures) both Axelrod and Emanuel (quoted above) have encouraged other news outlets to not treat Fox News as a news organization...laughable. What wankers. Rule of thumb, when anyone trys to stop you pushing a particular political point of view you know there's lots of reasons to push it even more.

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