Every campaign needs an opponent and Barack Obama, still in a relentless campaign mode almost nine months into his Presidency, has chosen to declare war on Fox News and Conservative America. Does Obama really have such a thin skin or is it an affliction of his narcissism that he obsesses over any disagreement with his policies to the point that he seems hellbent on alienating almost half of the country?
We are in the midst of what will most likely be the fourth most deadly month in eight years of war, the economy is still circling the toilet bowl, the deficit looks like it will hit a staggering 1.4 trillion as the fiscal year closes, and rather than using the official White House blog to actually discuss what mystery healthcare bill is actually going to be voted on this week, the White House launches an attack on Fox News.
After the Tax Day Tea Parties, Obama began his offensive: “Those of you who are watching certain news channels on which I’m not very popular, and you see folks waving tea bags around, Obama said, “let me just remind them that I am happy to have a serious conversation about how we are going to cut our health care costs down over the long term, how we are going to stabilize Social Security. But,”Obama continued, “let’s not play games and pretend that the reason [for the deficit] is because of the Recovery Act.” That invitation to have a serious conversation is about as real as the promised cameras on C-Span and the mystery healthcare bill that Congress is voting on this week and Nancy Pelosi’s hairline.
A few weeks later, Obama made a slightly strained attempt at humor during the White House Correspondents Dinner regarding the media “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me. Apologies to the Fox table.”, our President began making public his dissatisfaction with Fox News.
During the summer townhalls, Obama took several opportunities to earnestly warn attendees about “certain cable news channels” and how they are spreading misinformation about his healthcare plan. You know, the plan we are still waiting to see posted on the internet as promised by Obama before Congress votes on it. In an interview during the summer, Obama said, “I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration,” he told CNBC’s John Harwood. “You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.”
In September, Obama chose a Sunday to make the rounds of morning talk shows and discuss healthcare. He made visits to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Univision…and FOX? Apparently, the September 19 snub was payback for Fox Network (not FOX NEWS) not airing Obama’s primetime speech: “We figured Fox would rather show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ than broadcast an honest discussion about health insurance reform,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told ABC News. Chris Wallace, host of FOx News Sunday, retaliated, saying: “They are the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington,”. Chris & Fox nail it again.
Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, has provided a huge cherry on the insult sundae now. Her interview on CNN – listed below – is disgraceful. She continues the WhineFest about FOX and why? Because FOX dares to criticize the President? or…gasp…have Opinion Shows that disagree with the Messiah?? HORRORS!
Anita was breathless in her declamation of FOX:
- “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”
- “the reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.”
- “As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don?t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave…We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.”
- “What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party. They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”
- “We’d had a financial collapse probably more significant than any financial collapse since the Great Depression. If you were a Fox News viewer in the fall election, what you would have seen would have been that the biggest stories and biggest threats facing America were a guy named Bill Ayers and something called ACORN.”
- Dunn also strongly implied that Fox had failed to follow up on a New York Times story about a scandal swirling around GOP Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, although Fox News broadcast the stories on numerous shows, including Special Report with Bret Baier.
Fox News VP, Michael Clemente responded to Anita Dunn’s whinefest: “An increasing number of viewers are relying on FOX News for both news and opinion. 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 attack the messenger…which over time, has never worked.”
Barack Obama has apologized to just about every dictator, tyrant, terrorist organization and enemy of America at this point and promised to work with them in the future. Obama has stood back silently as almost half of America were called rightwing terrorists, anti-american, white hoods, etc…and has even snubbed the Dalai Lama. Obama has blamed Bush at every opportunity as he added ONE TRILLION DOLLARS to our deficit within weeks of ascending to his throne. Transparency has never been so opaque as it is with the Obama Administration and only Joe Biden thinks that the Recession is over. Even, Saturday Night Live has featured Obama in a skit announcing that he has done two things for the country since becoming President: “Jack and Squat”. And now, he is going to square off with FOX News.
Lady Libertas is astounded. FOX News is the one news channel that Obama should be scheduling interviews with on a regular basis. The viewers on FOX are Conservative and Independent and…yes…Liberal. He could reach people who are unsure about him and his policies. He could actually discuss his message if he were to appear on FOX and we would listen. Instead, he declares War.
Well, President Obama…then War it is. But do you think that while you are campaigning for your egotistical little popularity contest, you could make a decision on Afghanistan so our Troops stop dying? And take a minute to look at the economy so Americans can get jobs? Thanks…Lady Libertas thinks it would be just dandy if you would just do your job after you are done polishing your Nobel Peace Prize and kissing Ahmadinejab’s & Medvedev’s respective asses.