The real reason the White House is attacking Fox News: Containment

posted at 4:45 pm on October 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

This seems so obviously correct that I feel embarrassed for not having figured it out sooner.

The rationale of the White House offensive against Fox News has been a topic of much puzzlement lately. Is this just the White House lashing out? Are they trying to rally the base?

But I think Mike Allen and Josh Gerstein nail the real explanation in their story today: The White House is working to prevent stories born on Fox from crossing over into more widely-viewed media. Most Americans still haven’t heard of Van Jones, for instance; and the strategy is now all about containment…

Allen and Gerstein:

“We’re doing what we think is important to make sure news is covered as fairly as possible,” a White House official told POLITICO, noting how the recent ACORN scandal story started because Fox covered it “breathlessly for weeks on end.”

“And then you had a couple days of breast-beating from The Washington Post and The New York Times about whether or not they were fast enough on the ACORN story,” the official said. “And it’s like: Wait a second, guys. Let’s make sure that we keep perspective on what are the most important stories, and what’s being driven by a network that has a perspective. Being able to make that point has been important.”…

“They’re not really a news station,” Axelrod told ABC’s “This Week.” “It’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming if you watch, it’s really not news….The bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way. We’re going to appear on their shows. We’re going to participate, but understanding that they represent a point of view.”

“It’s not a news organization so much as it has a perspective,” Emanuel said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “More importantly, is to not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following Fox, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organization.”

Both Politico and Mediaite note that the expected righteous indignation at being lectured by politicians on what they should consider news is strangely absent from most of the press corps — with the important exception of Jake Tapper. Go figure. Even the reliably liberal Ruth Marcus felt obliged to wonder what the reaction would have been had Dubya declared war on MSNBC and encouraged other news outlets to ignore the nightly spiel on “Countdown.” Olby would have duly clambered up onto the cross as a free-speech martyr — after a 40-minute special comment on freedom of the press and the “chill winds” of totalitarianism, natch — and the rest of the media would have gladly circled the wagons. Does anyone seriously think otherwise?

The irony of this story, though, is that the press was already happy to quarantine “wingnut” stories emanating from Fox, be it Van Jones or ACORN or the White House trying to politicize the NEA. Compare the first boldfaced quote in the blockquote above to this one from Chuck Todd more than a month ago. In fact, here’s what I wrote on September 4, while the Jones thing was roiling, on how Tapper — again — seemed to be the only non-Foxy willing to break the wider media embargo on covering what Fox News was covering.

That’s from Tapper, who to my knowledge remains the one and only reporter from big media pursuing this story. The Times, WaPo, broadcast news — it’s a complete blackout, at least as of early this afternoon. (NBC’s blog mentioned it in passing at the end of this morning’s news recap, in a sneering aside about the “conservative media machine.”) Why would they cede the field to Jake when he’s pulling big traffic from the righty blogosphere for covering this? I don’t think it’s simply to protect The One; they covered Geithner’s and Daschle’s tax problems and they’re much bigger fish. I think it’s that they know Glenn Beck’s been after Jones for weeks and it pains them too much to give him credence by following his lead. It’s analogous to the NYT refusing to review Michelle’s book even though she’s been number one on their own bestseller list for more than a month. Who cares if her thesis about Obama’s culture of corruption is correct and newsworthy and obviously of great public interest? They’re not going to help promote the work of someone whom they dislike. The state of the media, 2009. As for Tapper, his willingness to take up stories circulating in the righty blogosphere that other outlets try to suppress might give him a lot more influence as a reporter going forward. The White House can spin the Jones story as just another Fox News vendetta against the administration if it’s only FNC covering it; if ABC’s on it too, that becomes impossible and the story becomes “legitimate.” From now on, think of Tapper as the swing vote in the press pool, I guess.

Boldface added. That last part is truer now than it was then, before the ACORN story broke big and Beck’s ratings soared even higher. The White House must be panicking at the thought that the “legitimate” media will only ignore these stories for so long before the lure of bigger, Foxier ratings finally proves too much. Ideological solidarity only goes so far; as Axelrod himself acknowledged about FNC, ultimately the news nets are in business to make money. So here he and Emanuel are, leaning on them not only to ignore Fox but to ignore stories that Fox covers, as if the underlying facts are somehow tainted by association (“Let’s make sure that we keep perspective on what are the most important stories”). Creepy.


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Double yup.

Bruno Strozek on October 20, 2009 at 4:47 PM

“You have been warned.”

Akzed on October 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Tapper is one of the best friends of conservatives and he’s not even a righty.

frankj on October 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Lots of trees falling in Obama Forest. Anyone hear anything?

Sugar Land on October 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

So here he and Emanuel are, leaning on them not only to ignore Fox but to ignore stories that Fox covers, as if the underlying facts are somehow tainted by association (“Let’s make sure that we keep perspective on what are the most important stories”). Creepy.

Yeah…but Axe and F’n Rahm are the creepiest dudes in the business.

AUINSC on October 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Chickens… roosting…. Spinchters… Puckering

Keep up the great work Fox! And Kudo’s to Tapper!

Key West Reader on October 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Biggest unforced error in politics. Ever.

John the Libertarian on October 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM

frankj on October 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

All that’s required in honesty…it says something that outside of Fox, he’s the only one.

AUINSC on October 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM

I hope it is to late for containment.

fourdeucer on October 20, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Confirmed: The Obama communist democrats are scared and falling apart. Their plans and policies can’t stand the light of day so they must try anything to stop the truth from reaching mainstream America.

darwin on October 20, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Amateur (administration) hour continues, ladies and gentlemen…

Hoodlumman on October 20, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Does anyone seriously think otherwise?

Tim Robbins definitely did -not- make a “chill wind” comment during Bush’s term with imagined suppression of free speech that was the talk of the country for a good week or so.

Definitely did not happen.

lorien1973 on October 20, 2009 at 4:52 PM

The real reason?

Here’s your answer.

fogw on October 20, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Tonight on Glenn the curtain drops. Later

fourdeucer on October 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Not everyone worships at the feet of the limp messiah.
Fox is only place, besides MM.Com and HotAir.com, where you don’t get a tingle or a little dribble from the chin, with your news.

HornetSting on October 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Scratch first, itch later

nyx on October 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM

The White House must be panicking at the thought that the “legitimate” media will only ignore these stories for so long before the lure of bigger, Foxier ratings finally proves too much. Ideological solidarity only goes so far

Great thoughts, AP. Taking what you wrote further, this story may have been written as to further encourage the “legitimate” news organs. As if to say, “don’t worry about ratings and profits and the like. In the end, the administration will have your back, he just can’t say that outright presently.” The study comes from Columbia… ya dig?

Weight of Glory on October 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Whitehouse: blah….blah….blah

Fox: We have installed a phone in our studio and provided Anita Dunn with the phone number to give us a call when we false report!

LMAO

BigMike252 on October 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM

I don’t watch ABC, does Mr. Tapper make these points when on air or has it been limited to his blog and Twitter?

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM

The big surprise is that this story is in Politico.

INC on October 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM

The White House must be panicking at the thought that the “legitimate” media will only ignore these stories for so long before the lure of bigger, Foxier ratings finally proves too much.

A nice fat bailout would cure that. So would the FCC silencing Fox news because it spreads “hate speech.”

Daggett on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Here’s Tapper’s Political Punch. He asks Gibbs questions that Gibbs evades.

INC on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

By the way. This goes without saying but, Tapper, thank you for your integrity. It is sorely missing.

Weight of Glory on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

It’s only creepy if you are not a Marxist.

pedestrian on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Yea, ACORN is a joke but why is it such a big problem? I mean once you’ve heard about it, you’ve heard about it. I think the war in Afghanistan is much more crucial, along with the healthcare debate and national deficit. ACORN just doesn’t register for me.

bayam on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Cindy, I don’t watch ABC either, but sometimes at Political Punch he will mention that the storied aired.

INC on October 20, 2009 at 4:57 PM

All totalitarian regimes need absolute control of the national media. Obama can’t control Fox like he has the other networks so he has to try to marginalize it.

It should be obvious to everyone that the only thing standing in the way of Obama and his minions is the Bill of Rights particularly the first and second amendments.

docdave on October 20, 2009 at 4:58 PM

The Obozo Administration & Clown College is flat-out admitting that Fox is reporting important stories that embarass the administration while the other networks slumber on obliviously, and it wants to keep it that way.

This should be monumentally humiliating to the rest of the media. A White House acknowledges the utter incompetence of the MSM in actually um, gathering news.

The most pathetic aspect of all of this is that the MSM reporters and reporterettes won’t look up from their tongue-bathing of Obozo’s tautly-muscled pecs to realize that they’ve made utter fools of themselves. In fact, they’ll no doubt join The One’s attacks on Fox. It’s just like in high school where the BMOC designates a dork as untouchable, and the wannabees all pile on so everyone knows they’re cool too.

Meanwhile, Charlie Gibson will still be asking, “ACORN? Never heard of it.”

Jokes. Total, freakin’ jokes.

Cicero43 on October 20, 2009 at 4:59 PM

I said the same thing in the other thread. The White House wants the rest of the media(i.e. the drive-bys) to fall in line. Even if this works though, it’s not like that’s gonna prevent these stories from getting out there. FoxNews, talk radio, and the blogs reach a lot of people. Maybe not a majority of Americans, but enough to cause Van Jones to resign, Yosi Sargeant to get fired, and ACORN to get defunded(albeit temporarily).

Doughboy on October 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

There must be a fine/tax they can levy for independent thought.

Deficit solved.

Stephanie on October 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

But…isn’t this typical Alinsky marginalization? Seems like it. If so, we knew they were up to this.

Still, you’re right. Creepiness.

Diane on October 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

INC on October 20, 2009 at 4:57 PM

That’s good, someone needs to be a journalist in that group.

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

They’re liars, and liars are always insecure and afraid of being found out.

ddrintn on October 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Uh, Politico didn’t come up w/”containment”, Brit Hume did last night on O’Reilly. He said it was to contain FoxNews stories from being reported on other networks, etc. No surprise, he’s the brain behind it, not Politico.

JAM on October 20, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Tonight on Glenn the curtain drops. Later

fourdeucer on October 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Did not Michelle wear the White House curtains to the inaugural balls?

WashJeff on October 20, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Its all about destroying Fox’s credibility BEFORE the Global Warming Treaty gets signed in December…

That Treaty is a direct infringment on the Sovereignity of the US, but only FOX will put that out there…

Therefore, they MUST silence and diminish Fox before that happens.

Romeo13 on October 20, 2009 at 5:01 PM

I won’t be too surprised when Obama pulls a Hugo on those that stray from the party line.

jukin on October 20, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Doughboy on October 20, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I’m sure that the Dems have not given up their aborted attempts to silence talk radio and the blogs with their ‘unfairness doctrine’.

docdave on October 20, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Lots of respect for Tapper. I might not always agree with his conclusions but he is a real, honest journalist. I hope ABC is smart enough to keep him, because now that Stossel has defected to Fox, Tapper is their only saving grace.

Caiwyn on October 20, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Beck has a little foo-foo dog with a pink collar on now representing “the press”. Saying they are being about as effective a watchdog as the dog. Very funny – but he knows how to make an effective point with sarcasm better than anyone.

stldave on October 20, 2009 at 5:05 PM

The White House web site looks like it’s run by KosKids. There is no “great scheme of containment” behind this. They simply are that immature.

CC

CapedConservative on October 20, 2009 at 5:05 PM

How can anyone be so foolish as to get their news from Fox. We all know that the real news organizations are MTV, The View, Dickhead Letterman, etc.

rjoco1 on October 20, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Silence Fox?

How?

Look at the viewership numbers/ratings.

There will be push back from the viewers and any American who sees this Obama step against the First Amendment. if Fox runs news stories, as opposed to commentary, and the other major media refuse to cover them, does Obama really think people will flock over to the always-angry networks anbd cable channels?

If Obama had an administrative program that actually spoke to the majority of Americans, there’d be no need to take this truly dumb course of action.

But, what Obama needs is a compliant subservient media to pull the wool over the eyes of America.

Obama will fail. And take quite a few Dems down next year and in 2012.

coldwarrior on October 20, 2009 at 5:06 PM

The “let’s quarantine Fox” explanation makes the most sense but it’s risking forcing the rest of the news media to decide whether to follow the White House or Fox News.

And despite all of our complaining, the media will simply not abandon Fox News. Sure, sure, the clowns at MSNBC and some other outlets will.

But the real substantive reporters don’t like to be challenged by the government about what they report on. They simply don’t.

SteveMG on October 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Chavez and Mao believe in containment also.

kingsjester on October 20, 2009 at 5:07 PM

OT: Beck started off his show holding a quiet puppy, and he said it represented the “watchdog press.”

New name for the MSM? The puppy press?

BuckeyeSam on October 20, 2009 at 5:08 PM

The Lemming Effect is prevalent in the diseased liberal mind.

obama says so we must follow

The irony is that the ‘left brain’ is the brain responsible for logic, ration, order, and objectivity.

Oh well, 2010 & 2012 will restore some balance to the special needs congress.

Fishy.Gov on October 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Our president is a corrupt steaming POS. And every American is going to have to smell this mess for the next 3 years. Personally I can’t wait to flush the toilet.

Griz on October 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM

New name for the MSM? The puppy press?

BuckeyeSam on October 20, 2009 at 5:08 PM

lapdogs

John the Libertarian on October 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM

So here he and Emanuel are, leaning on them not only to ignore Fox but to ignore stories that Fox covers

AKA “Keep doin’ what you’re doin’.”

Jim Treacher on October 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM

ACORN just doesn’t register for me.

bayam on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

The reason stories like ACORN don’t register for you is because you’ve been conditioned to see the world through a liberal lens. Political corruption, graft, greed, manipulation, and deceit only matter when a conservative is accused. Take the glasses off, you’ll see a much bigger picture.

anXdem on October 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Where’s the trolls to repeat the WH whinery?

HornetSting on October 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

The slimy underhanded direction may change but its all Chi-town thugocracy.

Speakup on October 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

A by product of this is the kick in the nuts the WH has given to all their water carriers. Obama is doing what he always does-taking credit for something he didn’t do (aka we controlled the media).

Those comments, coupled with the war of FOX for not carrying water just shows that FOX was the only one not foolish or stupid enough to be controlled, all the others were. Let’s face it, the MSM has spent the last year, willingly on their knees infront of Obama. No arm twisting, no duping, they didn’t even have to ask, they did it all on their own. And how does he thank them? by telling the world he duped them all…but FOX!

If i was one of the MSM i’d be incredibly pissed Obama just kicked me to the curb infront of the world, making it up that he “duped” the entire media but FOX when the fact is, we willingly carried water for him and they did notsay “thank you”

Niteowl45 on October 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

I am sick to death of Buraq.

Check this out—a guy that rocks and knocks the Crown of Thorns off Obama’s head

MR NOBEL

deedtrader on October 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM

New name for the MSM? The puppy press?

BuckeyeSam on October 20, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Are they ‘house broke’? /heh

docdave on October 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Key West Reader on October 20, 2009 at 4:57 PM

Talk about the proverbial going to hell in a hand basket.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM

frankj on October 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Yes, he’s an American first, and a lefty second. Such creatures used to exist in much greater quantity, but I fear are now all but extinct.

apollyonbob on October 20, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Where’s the trolls to repeat the WH whinery?
HornetSting on October 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

My pal Skippy was up on the Palin Headline thread and Jumbo -3 was on the “poll” thread. They’ll come around as soon as they find out what to say from “the Rod”.

kingsjester on October 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Silence Fox?

How?

Look at the viewership numbers/ratings.

coldwarrior on October 20, 2009 at 5:06 PM

The FCC can do it with the stroke of a pen, and it doesn’t take numbers into account. There is already a move to silence Beck, Rush, Savage, etc. on allegations of hate speech.

Daggett on October 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Romeo13

Looks like you got it in one, buddy.The only thing I would like to add here is that sure, it looks like the Administration is getting desperate if it has said all this out in the open. But we all know that a desperate rat in a corner is more dangerous.Obama and his cronies are only more dangerous from here on out.

MBuck on October 20, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Fox News.
“We Report, You Decide” “The Only Network The White House Doesn’t Like”

Cicero43 on October 20, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Niteowl45 on October 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

One big error in your analysis is that you assume he main stream media is rational. I don’t see any evidence for that assumption.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Tapper is one of the best friends of conservatives and he’s not even a righty.

frankj on October 20, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Ideally, integrity knows no party affiliation or political leaning. Yeah, stop laughing, I said IDEALLY.

Monica on October 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM

High Tide.

For the moment. Things are poised as if on the edge of a knife.

Horatius on October 20, 2009 at 5:15 PM

You’ve heard the old saw, “It all comes out in the wash.” The “wash” is the ballot box. When I have coffee at the truck stop with all the unwashed Rubs the WH disdains to even think about……….we all know we are going to have the final say……….when we pull that lever. That Greek Temple is starting to shake already…………..

Cinday Blackburn on October 20, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Daggett on October 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM

If the FCC shuts down Fox…the real war will begin. A purely unConstitutional move.

coldwarrior on October 20, 2009 at 5:17 PM

AKA “Keep doin’ what you’re doin’.”

Jim Treacher on October 20, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Exactly. He is all but saying he has everyone but Fox in the tank. You’d think that some of these other reporters have to be embarrassed to be so obviously used as a tool against their peers with Fox. Not most, but some. The cratering approval ratings should put some pressure on people to reconsider their relationship here, and Rahm seems to be tightening the screws even tighter. I think it’s going to backfire to some extent. Many of these people are more than willing to go down with the ship, but are all of them?

stldave on October 20, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Breaking!!!

Jake Tapper, ABC News White House Correspondent, was fired today.

According to an ABC press release, Tapper was released “for being praised by bloggers on an extremist right wing website known as HotAir.”

Asked for comment, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that he felt the firing was unfair since “in our opinion, HotAir is not really a blog organization.”

TXUS on October 20, 2009 at 5:17 PM

bayam on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

How do you feel about rigged national elections or Obama’s crew giving his donor list to a nonprofit which by law is supposed to be nonpolitical? ACORN is a big deal if they influence elections by breaking the law.

a capella on October 20, 2009 at 5:17 PM

MBuck on October 20, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Don’t forget what a lot of savvy posters having been saying at this site about what will happen when the zero gets his first slap down. I think we are seeing the beginnings of it now. And yes it will get uglier before it gets better.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 5:18 PM

It’s not just creepy.

It’s illegal.

Read the first amendment.

notagool on October 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM

The real reason?

Here’s your answer.

fogw on October 20, 2009 at 4:53 PM

I’m with you. Why? Because:

the press was already happy to quarantine “wingnut” stories emanating from Fox

TheBigOldDog on October 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM

fox, the new racism.

rob verdi on October 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Ach! Beck’s not unveiling today!

John the Libertarian on October 20, 2009 at 5:20 PM

“Let’s make sure that we keep perspective on what are the most important stories”

Interesting use of the 1st person plural. “We”, as in “you and us”. As if they are all in it together. “Let’s not “us” make a mistake”…it’s as though they see themselves, together with the media on one side, and Fox on the other. It’s not incorrect, just a bit of a freudian slip.

Blaise on October 20, 2009 at 5:20 PM

The White House must be panicking at the thought that the “legitimate” media will only ignore these stories for so long before the lure of bigger, Foxier ratings finally proves too much.

The White House doesnt realize that this war on FOX is going to blow up in thier faces. Not only is the Whitehouse discredited by it, but it sets the bar for the treatment of cablenews stations for later administrations. The Dems wont always be in the Whitehouse no matter what it thinks now. Unintended consequences–Its Gibb’s opinion that FoxNews is not news. Backing that opinion up with the office of the presidency makes all of America look bad. Its ugly in the worst way, and its beyond creepy.

canditaylor68 on October 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM

The White House web site looks like it’s run by KosKids. There is no “great scheme of containment” behind this. They simply are that immature.

CC

CapedConservative on October 20, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Sadly, I believe you have nailed it Caped-C…

max1 on October 20, 2009 at 5:21 PM

If the FCC shuts down Fox…the real war will begin. A purely unConstitutional move.

coldwarrior on October 20, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Yeah, the COULD shut down Fox, but they wouldn’t.

More likely, the first move they’d make would be to threaten to pull Fox’s license unless they dump Glenn Beck. The justification would be hate speech.

Daggett on October 20, 2009 at 5:22 PM

The irony of this story, though, is that the press was already happy to quarantine “wingnut” stories emanating from Fox

ya got that right….only upon kicking and screaming did they air them, spinning them to make dear leader look good…

cmsinaz on October 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Official White House Position on FOXNews:

“FOXNews isn’t reporting the news that we tell them to report. They’re reporting BAD stuff. Saying our people have criminal records and didn’t pay taxes and got sweetheart mortgage deals and are unethical! We can’t have that!! Let this be a warning to the rest of you…report the way FOXNews reports and you’re off Air Force One. You’re out of the White House Correspondent’s pool. And, you’re out of every press conference from now until Barack’s presidency is over – which is currently pegged at thirty years.”

GoldenEagle4444 on October 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Excellent addition to the dialog. Sheds some great insight on this really stupid WH strategy. The situation does however uncover the cowardice of the MSM and also their hypocrisy.

mperek on October 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

“Rupert Murdoch found a niche market with Fox News….

….half of America!”

- Dr. Charles Krauthammer

omnipotent on October 20, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Beta male Presidency

Asher on October 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

The White House is working to prevent stories born on Fox from crossing over into more widely-viewed media.

HUH?

According to the viewer stats, Fox has more viewers than all of the “more widely viewed media” combined.

GarandFan on October 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Where’s the trolls to repeat the WH whinery?
HornetSting on October 20, 2009 at 5:10 PM

My pal Skippy was up on the Palin Headline thread and Jumbo -3 was on the “poll” thread. They’ll come around as soon as they find out what to say from “the Rod”.

kingsjester on October 20, 2009 at 5:13 PM

The Rod. LMAO!

HornetSting on October 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

And yes it will get uglier before it gets better.

chemman on October 20, 2009 at 5:18 PM

Violence in the near future is not out of the question particularly if the congress passes its hate crime (aka speech limitation) and gun registration bills, and Obama attempts to enforce them.

docdave on October 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

stldave on October 20, 2009 at 5:17 PM

I don’t think they are embarrassed…they did everything in their power to get him elected…they will hide his dirty laundry until they can do it no longer…

cmsinaz on October 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Containment makes perfect sense to me…they’re sceeeeered. That’s a compliment to FOX actually. And an insult to the other networks.

scalleywag on October 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Indirectly telling the Barry-controlled media what to do has worked extremely well in the past. They didn’t seem to mind when team Barry “controlled” virtually all the messages released to them via Anita Dunn and the administrations gaggle of suppression merchants.

However, the winds of political media fortune may be changing for Barry. Even veteran sycophants don’t like it when directives are dictated so brazenly. Besides, how many elephants in the room does it take before the MSM realizes the Messiah isn’t exactly boosting their bottom line.

anXdem on October 20, 2009 at 5:28 PM

ACORN just doesn’t register for me.

bayam on October 20, 2009 at 4:56 PM

Obviously you’re not an illegal alien.

Fallen Sparrow on October 20, 2009 at 5:28 PM

They simply are that immature.

CC

CapedConservative on October 20, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Great point. This would require the WH to strategize, something that appears to be a strange concept to them on the important issues.

scalleywag on October 20, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Beta male Presidency and Beta-male media.

Asher on October 20, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Addendum

BuckeyeSam on October 20, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Popcorn. Need more popcorn.

HornetSting on October 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

fox, the new racism.

rob verdi on October 20, 2009 at 5:19 PM

You guessed it. When all else fails, go to the race card.

And, before it’s over, we’ll be hearing how racist Fox, Murdoch, Ailes, etc., are and how they’ve designed their programming around a racist agenda.

After all, as they’ll say, there are no blacks with their own shows on FNC.
The fact that the other networks lack same will, of course, go unmentioned.

This won’t work either. And I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

TXUS on October 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

The clencher was the ACORN exposure, the MSM is still covering up the story. They know it will lead directly to the boy king.

bluegrass on October 20, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Ach! Beck’s not unveiling today!

John the Libertarian on October 20, 2009 at 5:20 PM

He is Alinskyfying the Alinskyites. Make the thing seem much worse than it is… a/k/a make ‘em sweat.

Not sure if you guys have noticed the newest Fox News ads that focus on all of their hard hitting coverage on major issues over the years.

I’ve never seen any whitehouse get the ‘smackdown’ this bad. I’m worried about what will happen Thursday.

Key West Reader on October 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Tapper\’s the only reporter left in the country willing to do his job in spite of his peers and coworkers. Fox is the only news outlet willing to do its job at all.

The rest of the “press” (as if they have anything to do with the general public any more) are little more than cheaply bought propagandists for this administration. All the news detremental to this WH has been successfully contained to one network which can now be safely ignored by dictators like Chavez and Obama. This nation is one election away from despotism.

spmat on October 20, 2009 at 5:36 PM

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