Broadcast nets rejects Obama admin’s attempt to block Fox

posted at 12:55 pm on October 23, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The collected Washington bureau chiefs of the major broadcast networks rejected a White House attempt to keep Fox News from participating in pool reports.  Rather than cut Fox out of the pool, the broadcast bureau chiefs unanimously told the Obama administration that none of them would accept any interviews from administration officials.  That forced the White House into retreat:

The Obama administration on Thursday failed in its attempt to manipulate other news networks into isolating and excluding Fox News, as Republicans on Capitol Hill stepped up their criticism of the hardball tactics employed by the White House.

The Obama administration on Thursday tried to make “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg available for interviews to every member of the White House pool except Fox News. The pool is the five-network rotation that for decades has shared the costs and duties of daily coverage of the presidency.

But the Washington bureau chiefs of the five TV networks consulted and decided that none of their reporters would interview Feinberg unless Fox News was included.

The administration relented, making Feinberg available for all five pool members and Bloomberg TV.

We certainly give these broadcast networks plenty of criticism.  Let’s take a moment to recognize their integrity.  Jake Tapper stood up to Robert Gibbs earlier this week, and we wondered where the rest of the reporters at the White House were.  They certainly showed up today.

Meanwhile, how bad is this for the White House?  They now have all of the broadcast networks on record defending their competitor as a news organization.  That reinforces reporting Fox News will do in the future, to the detriment of White House efforts to marginalize them.  Plus, obviously, they look completely foolish in having to back down from their threat.

In an exclusive, Hot Air has a look at the press passes that the White House planned to issue if the other news broadcasters had caved:

Just kidding.  Well, I hope so, anyway.  (graphic courtesy HA reader Landshark)

Update: Perhaps this was a bad time for Media Matters to go all in against Fox, eh?  Also, edited the headline for better accuracy.


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This story may be incorrect.

‘Feinberg did a pen and pad with reporters to brief them on cutting executive compensation. TV correspondents, as they do with everything, asked to get the comments on camera. Treasury officials agreed and made a list of the networks who asked (Fox was not among them).

But logistically, all of the cameras could not get set up in time or with ease for the Feinberg interview, so they opted for a round robin where the networks use one pool camera. Treasury called the White House pool crew and gave them the list of the networks who’d asked for the interview.

The network pool crew noticed Fox wasn’t on the list, was told that they hadn’t asked and the crew said they needed to be included. Treasury called the White House and asked top Obama adviser Anita Dunn. Dunn said yes and Fox’s Major Garrett was among the correspondents to interview Feinberg last night’

rjl1999 on October 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Hmmmm what happened? One more time. Obama vs fox

Greed on October 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Rockmom is right that it was CBS who pulled the trigger. I’m somewhat willing to give them a pass on this(with AP off somebody has to do the “to be fair” bit) because I honestly think they based that call on exit poll data which turned to be out completely bogus.

No pass for what they did four years later when CBS intentionally aired those fake memos as legitimate in an effort to get Kerry elected. The network should have had its license permanently pulled for that and CBS execs and Rather should have faced criminal charges.

highhopes on October 23, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Agreed, but the fact of the matter is that they could have waited just an hour later to call Florida. They jumped the gun. As I recall, all of the networks had the same faulty exit polling data, but some of the other nets held off on calling the state for Al.

The real scandal is that they should have known full well what the Florida polling hours were, especially when the western part of the state was in a time zone to the west. Wouldn’t a legitimate news organization know that ahead of time?

Either they knew or didn’t care, or never checked it out.

Del Dolemonte on October 23, 2009 at 7:17 PM

At least Andrea Mitchell doesn’t look like a 70s porn star.

Grow Fins on October 23, 2009 at 4:07 PM

like that would be a bad thing…?

Red State State of Mind on October 23, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Andrea is not that ugly. I think you will find that real low rent porn movies had women as ugly as Andrea Mitchell. They probably had more brains, however. See…”I don’t think that George Soros is a radical..”

IlikedAUH2O on October 23, 2009 at 9:06 PM

They rightfully know that if they support this ousting of Fox News–if a Republican is in control next time, they won’t have any protection if Republicans decided to be asses as well.

Enoxo on October 23, 2009 at 1:02 PM

I digress. Conservatives believe in FREEDOM OF SPEECH and that is why America is so great. Because we ALLOW and not MUZZLE the MSM. So I believe that in this case, they acknowledge GWB’s accounts of expressing himself with regards to the media, based on the First Amendment.

What pisses us off is that Obama is lying to America, lying to the gullibles and fooling around with the US Constitution. FOX delivers the goods and the others not, by orders from above. More than once I have heard ex-employees of the alphabet networks say how the work environment is in those places.

Thanks again for new daddy Jake Tapper to break the glass ceiling and speaking out from those that are intimidated to use their journalism diplomas and bypass what they were taught.

ProudPalinFan on October 23, 2009 at 9:30 PM

I am gonna bring the list of the other thread I made with all the reporters/opinion shows that have moved to FOX. Like I said, other reporters can jump ship because of FOX’s ratings.

Please add or change names here, if you please. Don’t like to be ignored in a situation like this. Thanks in advance.

ProudPalinFan on October 23, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Here it is, I added Greta, Chris Wallace and made some minor changes to the post:

Not to think all the talent that may be renegotiating contracts and jump ship. Most of these were already w/FOX but look where they came from!

Bill Hemmer = CNN
Glenn Beck = CNN
Brit Hume = ABC? CBS?
John Stossel = ABC
Don Imus = NBC
Julie Banderas = Univision or Telemundo
(her name escapes me, Latina too) but is a correspondent = Univision for sure.
Greta Van Susteren = CNN
Chris Wallace = ?

And, Obama, that happens when you demean people…they gang with each other and turn against YOU. Thanx for showing your true self and scratching your finger w/your middle nose at Hillary, and at Sarah. Then, you went after: Tea Partiers. Second: TV Media? It is really gonna hit the fan if and when press does, too-like Times and Newsweek.

ProudPalinFan on October 23, 2009 at 9:02 AM

ProudPalinFan on October 23, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Sorry forgot to add Tucker Carlson (MSNBC) who is doing some stints at FOX.

ProudPalinFan on October 23, 2009 at 10:29 PM

This story may be incorrect.

. . .

rjl1999 on October 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

May be? First, it’s not a story. It’s a completely unsourced post by Christina Bellantoni at lefty Talking Points Memo.

Trochilus on October 23, 2009 at 10:37 PM

This Growfins is a little hateful pimp isn’t he. If he speaks for tolerating other views I can’t see any evidence of it. He is a leftists with a goal of gov’t control of the media starting with his Saviour BO. Remember his types will point to us for execution. I am sick of these leftists.

garydt on October 23, 2009 at 11:06 PM

We certainly give these broadcast networks plenty of criticism. Let’s take a moment to recognize their integrity. Jake Tapper stood up to Robert Gibbs earlier this week, and we wondered where the rest of the reporters at the White House were. They certainly showed up today.

Yep, and I got to wonder how an already strapped for cash network “News” network would get along without 20% of the cost sharing to cover all the bullshit that this gang in the WH keep publicizing. They saw their pockets emptying fast and did a quick CYA, is all.

You gotta admire one thing about them, though.
At least they recognized that even a rat can display a semblance of integrity while it’s running for the top deck of the sinking ship that is now the legacy media.

Toot sweet ain’t soon enuf.

OkieDoc on October 23, 2009 at 11:11 PM

while it’s running scurrying for the top deck of the sinking ship that is now the legacy media.

Sorry if I offended fast rats.

OkieDoc on October 23, 2009 at 11:19 PM

We certainly give these broadcast networks plenty of criticism. Let’s take a moment to recognize their integrity.

My husband called me to tell me. He was in the middle of a hectic work project, but heard the news from a co-worker, verified the story (on Fox.com, natch) and called to tell me – (excitedly) “the networks have finally stood up to the Obama Admin”. It is good news, for ALL Americans! Good for ABC, CBS, CNN & NBC for stepping up and doing the right thing. I expect the Obama Admin to do the right thing and FIRE whomever was/is responsible.

TN Mom on October 24, 2009 at 12:05 AM

This story may be incorrect.

‘Feinberg did a pen and pad with reporters to brief them on cutting executive compensation. TV correspondents, as they do with everything, asked to get the comments on camera. Treasury officials agreed and made a list of the networks who asked (Fox was not among them).

But logistically, all of the cameras could not get set up in time or with ease for the Feinberg interview, so they opted for a round robin where the networks use one pool camera. Treasury called the White House pool crew and gave them the list of the networks who’d asked for the interview.

The network pool crew noticed Fox wasn’t on the list, was told that they hadn’t asked and the crew said they needed to be included. Treasury called the White House and asked top Obama adviser Anita Dunn. Dunn said yes and Fox’s Major Garrett was among the correspondents to interview Feinberg last night’

rjl1999 on October 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

That’s not what Chip Reid and CBS say:

And on Thursday, the Treasury Department tried to exclude FOX News from pool coverage of interviews with a key official. It backed down after strong protests from the press.

“All the networks said, that’s it, you’ve crossed the line,” said CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid.

uknowmorethanme on October 24, 2009 at 12:52 AM

That’s not what Chip Reid and CBS say:

Yeah, figured they’d try to resurrect that ole meme.

Kinda like sayin Rush’s success was due to Slick Willie’s WH
exploits when in fact El Rushbo was making the libturd heads explode way back in ’88. Asswipes can’t even get recent history right.

OkieDoc on October 24, 2009 at 1:37 AM

“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history.”

- Obama Inaugural

faraway on October 23, 2009 at 1:26 PM

That rascally teleprompter!

hillbillyjim on October 24, 2009 at 1:57 AM

rjl1999 on October 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

So, the NEW spin is Fox didn’t ask to interview Feinberg, who was telling the reporters that the admin was going to cut the pay, up 90%, executive compensation?

That’s a little hard to believe.

“(Treasury officials agreed and made a list of the networks who asked (Fox was not among them).”

Why was Fox on Anita Dunn list of those who wanted to interview Feinberg, but not on the Treasury list?

Anita Dunn, yes and Fox’s Major Garrett was among the correspondents to interview Feinberg last night’”

Somebody’s lying big time!

DSchoen on October 24, 2009 at 4:19 AM

Racist!

Fallen Sparrow

Racist.

ZJPolitical

Idiots

mnealtx on October 24, 2009 at 4:41 AM

Creative.
Grow Fins on October 23, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Uhm the statement from the link YOU provided about being a ‘journalist’ is from ABC!!

ABC NEWS STATEMENT ON JOHN STOSSEL
“John is a unique figure in American journalism and will be an asset to Fox News in this next chapter of his terrific career.”

Funny how you missed that!

BTW, can you tell the difference tween “regular” reporting and an opinion show?

DSchoen on October 24, 2009 at 4:54 AM

That Fox NOISE network had a vendetta against Ron Paul in the primaries.

I have hard time finding any sympathy for the Roger Ailes Network because I despise them so much.

Spathi on October 24, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Spathi on October 24, 2009 at 7:51 AM

Yeah…one of the few politicians who’s willing to point out that our financial system is based on worthless paper and empty promises, and who hasn’t quit partway through his term (HINT HINT)…good grief.

The Balloon Boy ‘news coverage’ was the absolute last straw for me with any big-name network. I now officially do not give a rip about anything besides weather severe storm coverage or anything that isn’t really close-to-home local and severe. (riots, major fires, etc.)

Dark-Star on October 24, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Yeah…one of the few politicians who’s willing to point out that our financial system is based on worthless paper and empty promises, and who hasn’t quit partway through his term (HINT HINT)…good grief.

The Balloon Boy ‘news coverage’ was the absolute last straw for me with any big-name network. I now officially do not give a rip about anything besides weather severe storm coverage or anything that isn’t really close-to-home local and severe. (riots, major fires, etc.)

Ya I can kind of tolerate Glen Beck.

He’s the only one though. I can’t say I totally trust his opinion either but just that he’s tolerable.

Spathi on October 24, 2009 at 8:29 AM

Spathi on October 24, 2009 at 7:51 AM

No one here cares.

HAnthonyWayne on October 24, 2009 at 11:15 AM

This might be the real reason why they’re after FOX – now, this w/b something to behold.

Schadenfreude on October 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM

That Fox NOISE network had a vendetta against Ron Paul in the primaries.

I have hard time finding any sympathy for the Roger Ailes Network because I despise them so much.

Spathi343 on October 24, 2009 at 7:51 AM

So sorry, Troofer, but as you recall I debunked your lie about Fox shutting Ron Paul out of the NH debate yesterday. He was invited, and he did not respond to the invite.

Didn’t matter anyway, as the debate NEVER TOOK PLACE

Now please, kid. Give us credible, multi-sourced evidence that Fox News is not a news organization. No one else here has been able to do so.

Del Dolemonte on October 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM

The Obama administration is full of crap. They are lying and CBS exposed them as liars.

bigred on October 24, 2009 at 3:19 PM

DSchoen wrote:

Why was Fox on Anita Dunn list of those who wanted to interview Feinberg, but not on the Treasury list?

“Anita Dunn, yes and Fox’s Major Garrett was among the correspondents to interview Feinberg last night’”

Somebody’s lying big time!

Notice that she said “last night”? As in when the untelevised interviews were conducted?

Not “today, when we’re setting up the on-camera interviews”?

skylark on October 24, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Well Major Garret himself made it quite clear it wasn’t a matter of the other networks taking some principled stance of “You’ve crossed the line! You SHALL NOT PASS!” It was a matter of holding to the contractual arrangement:

Link

He made it clear that the omission came via the Treasury Department, simply saying “Fox was not included on that list.” He then made it clear that the WH immediately gave the thumbs up.

If Treasury was only going by those interviewers who actually requested an on-camera interview, it’s quite plausible that they just didn’t understand that all networks were automatically included on any pooled camera arrangement.

skylark on October 24, 2009 at 4:43 PM

That Fox NOISE network had a vendetta against Ron Paul in the primaries.

I have hard time finding any sympathy for the Roger Ailes Network because I despise them so much.

Spathi343 on October 24, 2009 at 7:51 AM

A candidate like RP would be more impactful if he carried himself a bit differently. RP tends to go off a little bit and it comes off trippy.

So sorry, Troofer, but as you recall I debunked your lie about Fox shutting Ron Paul out of the NH debate yesterday. He was invited, and he did not respond to the invite.

Didn’t matter anyway, as the debate NEVER TOOK PLACE

Now please, kid. Give us credible, multi-sourced evidence that Fox News is not a news organization. No one else here has been able to do so.

Del Dolemonte on October 24, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Hey Rushtard, not everyone who supports RP is truther.

True_King on October 24, 2009 at 4:53 PM

We certainly give these broadcast networks plenty of criticism. Let’s take a moment to recognize their integrity.

I’m not certain is is entirely integrity.

If you look, no party holds for more than 8-12 years in a row with the Presidency. If you let Obama block all Conservative news now, whet happens in 4, 8, or at most 12 years? Everyone who doesn’t stand up now gets to sit in the corner later.

Of course that means the MSM paid attention and are capable of thinking about and planning for the future. Which isn’t entirely about “integrity” but it still is well beyond what I thought they were capable of.

Even if it isn’t “integrity” it is something I didn’t believe these guys were capable of… so that’s definitely something impressive.

gekkobear on October 24, 2009 at 5:44 PM

This story is horrifying, though it gives me some little bit of hope in our media.

Rollie on October 24, 2009 at 7:49 PM

About a week after Obama won I was at a dinner party. I told the guests there that fascism was on the way and that within 5 years this country would be like Venezuela. Everyone said I was crazy.

I was wrong in one aspect I suppose. It wasn’t 5 years, it was less than 1.

angryed on October 24, 2009 at 8:27 PM

About a week after Obama won I was at a dinner party. I told the guests there that fascism was on the way and that within 5 years this country would be like Venezuela. Everyone said I was crazy.

Everyone must go out and read or re-read ‘Rules For Radicals’, Glenn Beck obviously has. In fact he has elevated it to an art form they couldn’t even dream of. Reading ‘Rules For Radicals’ will serve two very important lessons. The First lesson is; you will instantly realize where everything emanating out of this administration comes from. These people are all radicals; and they have no use or interest in winning hearts and minds for good reason. The dirty secret is they very much still believe in Eugenics. IE. People are genetically predisposed to either be slaves or freedom craving. Freedom Craving people can’t be won over, and more importantly, they just pollute the “good slaves” gene pool. Freedom Craving people must literally be destroyed. And second: Hopefully you will be blessed with the realization that Marquess of Queensberry rules on your part just won’t cut it with these people. There is only one way to destroy them, which is with their own venomous sword. In the war against socialist slavery you must accept that these Un-American Anti-Constitutionalist don’t have the right to even exist let alone govern. These people have no honor so there is no dishonor in defeating them on their own terms. Their only allegiance to this ideology of socialist slavery is of course, if they get to be the MASTERS over it.

Pole-Cat on October 25, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Notice that she said “last night”? As in when the untelevised interviews were conducted?
Not “today, when we’re setting up the on-camera interviews”?
skylark on October 24, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Uhm you completely missed the point.

Claim. Anita Dunn, the admin had nothing to do with the list. Anita Dunn is “out of the loop.

Claim. The list was prepared/compiled by Treasury

Claim. Fox did not ask to be on the list.

All these claims fall apart when it is stated that Anita Dunn had the list AND Fox is on the list.

We now know I was right and Anita Dunn/the admin were lying their teeth off!

Fact. Fox did ask to be on the list.

Fact. The list was prepared/compiled by Treasury and included Fox.

Fact. The list, including Fox was sent to Anita Dunn/the admin.

Fact. The list went back to Treasury.

Fact. Treasury called the pool and informed them of the interview schedule and Fox was not on the list of who would be doing interviews.

The now proven lying Admin/ Anita Dunn are claiming it was some unnamed unknown low level Treasury worker that F-ed up the list.

This I believe is also a lie.

DSchoen on October 26, 2009 at 9:22 PM

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