Is Fox News really “a wing of the Republican party”? Apparently, that’s what Barack Obama and his White House think because their Communications Director, Anita Dunn has declared it so on national TV. Or, could it simply be that the Obama administration is just a bunch of thin skinned crybabies who get more then mad that Fox News refuses to slobber adoration upon them as other media outlets do? Either way, some are saying it’s war. You can read more about this below and see videos.




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As a Fox News watcher, I believe the latter. From the beginning, the boy King and his minions in the White House have been ridiculous when someone on Fox News doesn’t follow the message of the day, actually challenges them on their behavior, or questions their policy decisions. The Obama administration’s responses to Fox seem unbecomingly petulant – even embarrassingly childish. It’s clear with this latest comment by Anita Dunn, that the White House vs Fox News war has escalated, even to the point of the White House posting rebuttals to Fox News’ commentators on the White House website that you and I pay for.

Throughout his 2 year campaign, Barack Obama made it no secret that he disliked Fox News. Recently, Barack Obama chose to bypass Fox in his round of Sunday morning network and cable news appearances, that was intended as a media blitz for his healthcare plan. This of course was an incredibly curious decision because Fox has more viewership then other cable shows combined! They intentionally left Fox out because of the administration’s belief that Fox is predisposed against the president and his agenda. It certainly couldn’t be that Obama was afraid of receiving tough and probative questions that he didn’t have prepared answers for, like he did for other 5 shows could it?

Yet Anita Dunn, Obama’s Communications Director, said in an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources over the weekend that the whole network has an agenda.

“The reality of it is that Fox often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” Anita Dunn said.

She continued to dig a childish, whining little hole by saying this:

“He’ll go on Fox because he engages with ideological opponents,” Dunn said. “He has done that before and he’ll do it again.”

“…when he goes on FOX, he understands that he’s not really going on it as
a news network, at this point. He’s going to debate the opposition. And that’s fine. He never minds doing that.

“They’re widely viewed as a part of the Republican Party – take [the GOP’s] talking points, put’em on the air, take [the GOP’s] opposition research, put’em on the air. But let’s not pretend that they’re a news network the way CNN is.”

However, Fox maintains that it’s commentators like Hannity, Beck, and O’Reilly have clear points of view – as do other networks’ commentators – but that the Fox news desk is all news and no opinion. Fox has released a written statement that said in part:

“An increasing number of viewers are relying on FOX News for both news and opinion FOX News Senior VP Michael Clemente said in the statement, “and the average news consumer can certainly distinguish between the A-section of the newspaper and the editorial page, which is what our programming represents.

“So with all due respect to anyone who might still be confused about the difference between news reporting and vibrant opinion, my suggestion would be to talk about the stories and the facts rather than the attack the messenger . . . which over time has never worked.”

It’s quite clear that Fox News gets under Barack Obama’s skin. I suspect he may even have a handmade Glen Beck doll with little stick pins that he “plays” with occasionally. But by taking his White House vs Fox News war public like this – especially with the power of the office of the President behind him – only gives Fox News more exposure, more publicity, and more viewership in the end. It also shows what a petty, spineless, immature group of people are running the country. You can watch a video of Anita Dunn and a great one of Glen Beck’s response below.









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