Saturday, October 24, 2009

Maintaining A Positive Attitude

I have been avoiding the news for the most part the last few weeks. It helps me maintain a positive attitude. But when the two smartest political commentators I know (Rick West and Charles Krauthammer) speak up - I listen. This is one move by BO's socialist regime I feel will definitely backfire on them.

By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, October 23, 2009

Rahm Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a live pollster. Now he's put a horse's head in Roger Ailes's bed.

Not very subtle. And not very smart. Ailes doesn't scare easily.

The White House has declared war on Fox News. White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Fox is "opinion journalism masquerading as news." Patting rival networks on the head for their authenticity (read: docility), senior adviser David Axelrod declared Fox "not really a news station." And Chief of Staff Emanuel told (warned?) the other networks not to "be led [by] and following Fox."

Meaning? If Fox runs a story critical of the administration -- from exposing "green jobs" czar Van Jones as a loony 9/11 "truther" to exhaustively examining the mathematical chicanery and hidden loopholes in proposed health-care legislation -- the other news organizations should think twice before following the lead.

The signal to corporations is equally clear: You might have dealings with a federal behemoth that not only disburses more than $3 trillion every year but is extending its reach ever deeper into private industry -- finance, autos, soon health care and energy. Think twice before you run an ad on Fox. STORY


twest said...

The first backfire just popped this week! When the White House denied Fox News to be part of the "press pool" coverage of pay czar Feinberg, all the other members (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, etc.) refused to go along with it and called it an infringement on freedom of speech. The First Amendment wins again. I think this is an important reason for the government to avoid any bailouts of newspapers, news agencies, etc. I can readily see the Obama administration trying to control editorial content. No different than control over the auto industry and financial firms who are being led by czars

Brodad Unkabuddy said...

Fox News' ratings have skyrocketed since the White House launched their attack. Meanwhile CNN's ratings have plummeted.