Friday, October 23, 2009

FOX: White House Blinks (A Growing Habit?)

The White House sent out an alert today to the press pool that "Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg would be doing a press availability— a round robin with the major news networks, in which Fox is customarily included. The administration specified that everyone was invited except Fox News, according to Bret Baier on "Special Report" tonight...The press pool, acting in the interest of its members, admirably stood up to the White House bullying. All the other networks declared that if Fox was not getting an interview, they would not be conducting interviews. The White House responded by cutting Feinberg's time with the neworks from five minutes to two minutes...Escalation: White House Tries to Exclude Fox From Press Pool Interview, Mary Ham, Weekly Standard Blog, 10/23/2009

Tricky Dick Nixon must be giggling somewhere.

For a remarkable essay on the administration's FOX hunt, you might want White House Tactics Go Too Far, Charles Krauthammer, Real Clear Politics, 10/23/2009. A sample:

"Fox News is no monopoly. It is a singular minority in a sea of liberal media. ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, MSNBC vs. Fox. The lineup is so unbalanced as to be comical -- and that doesn't even include the other commanding heights of the culture that are firmly, flagrantly liberal: Hollywood, the foundations, the universities, the elite newspapers...." -- Charles Krauthammer


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