Truce: White House, Fox News end feud

posted at 4:59 pm on October 28, 2009 by Allahpundit

Fishbowl DC had it first, then Mediaite confirmed it independently. Thus dies one of the sweetest, easiest sources of bloggy material we’ve had in ages. RIP.

The good news? These truces never last. Eventually Beck will accuse The One of being a Bilderberger or something and we’ll be playing the feud once again, oh yes.

Details of the meeting and terms of any agreement are still emerging, but we hear the meeting was to come to a “truce” between both sides – a point first reported by FishbowlDC.

Mediaite hears the meeting was between FNC Senior Vice President Michael Clemente and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in Gibbs’ office at the White House. Clemente then met with the FNC D.C. bureau.

The lame White House spin on this started early today with declarations of satisfaction in U.S. News notwithstanding (a) that Fox’s ratings have leaped since war broke out and (b) even dependable lefties like Thomas Frank have taken to scolding the White House for mishandling a useful demagogic opportunity. Quote:

A senior Obama adviser says that, even though the West Wing has been roundly criticized by both adversaries and some allies for blasting Fox as an arm of the Republican Party and not a real news organization, administration insiders are pleased with how things stand.

The fuss has energized core Democrats who have wanted Obama and his advisers to get tough with Fox and other critics of the administration, the adviser says. And it has made the point that Fox is an outlier in the journalistic community, a notion that many liberals embrace…

One drawback, which even Obama aides concede, is that Fox is using the quarrel with the White House as a public-relations tool to stir up its own support among conservatives and to boost ratings. “They’re still at it,” says a senior Obama aide, who adds that White House officials don’t expect to fire another shot in the battle unless Fox strikes first.

It has indeed made the point that Fox is an outlier; unfortunately, that point seems not to have been taken. Exit question: Has the left really been all that “energized” by this? Aside from Media Matters, which demagogues Fox for a living, liberals have been consumed with ObamaCare and the sturm und drang of trying to nail down 60 votes. If Obama thought he was going to purchase quiescence from them on the public option by beating up on Bill O’Reilly, I’d say he was mistaken.


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I heard we will enrich Fox’s uranium as part of the deal.
rob verdi on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

LOL!

ctmom on October 28, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Fox News was never feuding with the Whitehouse. It was the Whitehouse who declared war on Fox News. How can Fox News agree to a truce when they were never at war?

DeathB4Tyranny on October 28, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Glenn’s on fire today.

GinaE on October 28, 2009 at 5:56 PM

I’d rather have a whole division of Taliban in front of me than the Obama Administration behind me…../s

Caper29 on October 28, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Haven’t watched Beck yet (on DVR) and I’ll be interested to hear O’Reilly and Hannity’s takes on this. I get that the White House may stop attacking Fox News, but please tell me Fox didn’t agree to stop covering the radicals and Marxists Obama insists on surrounding himself with. Oh, and O’Reilly has bent over backwards to give the benefit of the doubt to this POS. He’s actually been unfair in his coverage by being so gentle with The One.

Anyway, PLEASE tell me Fox didn’t actually come to some agreement here. They’ve done nothing wrong here, and to stop doing what they’ve been doing would be unfair to the American people.

RightWinged on October 28, 2009 at 5:59 PM

I honestly don’t see Fox changing anything. It’s just the White House is going to stop whining about Fox.

Enoxo on October 28, 2009 at 5:59 PM

The good news? These truces never last. Eventually Beck will accuse The One of being a Bilderberger or something and we’ll be playing the feud once again, oh yes.

Or, being a socialist/communist and there is no proof of that, is thers? Is there? “Judge me by the people who surround me”

Johan Klaus on October 28, 2009 at 5:59 PM

White House officials don’t expect to fire another shot in the battle unless Fox strikes first.

What??? The US government reached an agreement with a member of the press??

What kind of agreement? Is Fox now on double-secret probation? What the hell will the administration do if Fox “violates” the terms of their freakin detente?

Pull their FCC license?

BacaDog on October 28, 2009 at 6:01 PM

On the bilderberger, you have to see the video of Mark Sanford being cornered by one of the Alex Jones type people… it’s pretty funny…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNtuFERbbPY

ninjapirate on October 28, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Glenn Beck ended his show with his recent theme “Goodnight Anita Dunn, wherever you are!”

So… yeah. Not really much of a truce on Fox’s side. More like WhiteHouse calling it a truce to placate their base that they didn’t cave.

Fox says, “I won.”

Enoxo on October 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Here’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

Obama had to postpone his Afghanistan troop buildup announcement until after the Nov 3 governor elections or the far left would have stayed home, providing an easy win for Christie and McDonnell. So somehow the WH had to distract the press – thus the feud with Fox. Instead of Fox going after the WH on substantive issues, they spent much of their time dwelling and talking about the feud.

Now that Obama has successfully delayed his troop buildup announcement, the Fox feud serves no purpose.

Score 1 for the WH.

huckleberryfriend on October 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM

“They’re still at it,” says a senior Obama aide, who adds that White House officials don’t expect to fire another shot in the battle unless Fox strikes first.

In other words “we’ll lay off as long as Fox news are good little kids and tow the line like all the other good little kids” Come on. The WH is playing the same game, this is just the next step in the bully game. Nothings changed except the date and stage of the intimidation strategy.

James Moriarty on October 28, 2009 at 6:09 PM

WH should publicly retract reading from a bullet point list everything they said and publicly on all the media outlets they were on.

lilium on October 28, 2009 at 6:09 PM

Well Taliban, Putin, Ayatollahs, Kim, at al, Obama’s been calibrated, even all of Obama’s energy will be for not if you’re just as tough as Fox News.

jarodea on October 28, 2009 at 6:10 PM

So the White House agrees not to single out FNC anymore and FNC agrees to ….what?

toliver on October 28, 2009 at 6:10 PM

huckleberryfriend on October 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM

Interesting theory but I believe they realized they were in a no-win situation when “friendly” news organizations were calling them out as whiny petulant children.

GinaE on October 28, 2009 at 6:10 PM

Glenn’s on fire today.

GinaE on October 28, 2009 at 5:56 PM

He was cracking me up today. I only get to watch his show maybe once a week and I’m glad I caught the one today.

sammypants on October 28, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Even as a non-watcher of television, I say that FoxNews should continue to raise questions, demand answers, and provide its facts. It is doing the work that most of the other media are NOT doing. These lapdogs work as stenographers and cheerleaders/apologists?PR personnel for the O administration without offering one bit of evidence for their explicit and implicit editorializing on its behalf.

Go FoxNews! Hit ‘em hard, and hit ‘em again. The ObaMaoists have much to answer for.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2009 at 6:18 PM

It has indeed made the point that Fox is an outlier;

True, but I can’t help but muse over the fact that that “outlier” has more viewers than there probably were voters in the last election. I think that is the point that is being missed here.

valianthunter on October 28, 2009 at 6:21 PM

He was cracking me up today. I only get to watch his show maybe once a week and I’m glad I caught the one today.

sammypants on October 28, 2009 at 6:13 PM

My husband worked the overnight shift last night and I was having a hard time not laughing too loud today to avoid waking him up. Yes, today was a very good day on GB. The segments on potential trial insurance battle between Mass and TX and also the Galveston County opt out of social security plan were great.

GinaE on October 28, 2009 at 6:22 PM

The good news? These truces never last. Eventually Beck will accuse The One of being a Bilderberger or something and we’ll be playing the feud once again, oh yes.

Didn’t even wait for Beck!

http://www.alternet.org/media/143541/30_reasons_fox_news_is_not_legit

30 Reasons Fox News Is Not Legit
By Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America. Posted October 28, 2009.
Fox News routinely, and blatantly, breaks the code to which ethical journalists are supposed to aspire.

DSchoen on October 28, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Beck will accuse The One of being a Bilderberger or something…

Everyone knows that Bush was the Bilderberger..PETA nailed him for that.

What’s a Bilderberger and what do you feed them?

Don L on October 28, 2009 at 6:27 PM

“They’re still at it,” says a senior Obama aide, who adds that White House officials don’t expect to fire another shot in the battle unless Fox strikes first.

There still at what?

What constitutes a strike? And if they are still at it, I’d say the move has been made??

bridgetown on October 28, 2009 at 6:28 PM

This is a one-sided win…the White House is the winner. Glenn Beck will never relent unless he’s taken off the air which is not likely to happen.

orlandocajun on October 28, 2009 at 6:28 PM

‘They’re’
oops

bridgetown on October 28, 2009 at 6:28 PM

Fox should send a bill to the mainstream media for doing all their work for them.

Don L on October 28, 2009 at 6:29 PM

Fued??? What fued? Doesn’t it take 2 parties both feeling equally wronged to have a fued? The Obamabots were the ones who without any justification whatsoever instigated this ‘fued’ by declaring Fox persona non grata. Now that they apparently have to eat crow, in order to save face they are calling it a truce. Dshonest but typical…

docdave on October 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Fox should send a bill to the mainstream media for doing all their work for them.

Don L on October 28, 2009 at 6:29 PM

LOL. And tack on interest going back a few years.

GinaE on October 28, 2009 at 6:31 PM

This is pathetic. A truce? Don’t say anything mean about us and we won’t say anything mean about you? Fox has zero incentive to do anything the White House wants. As soon as they start whining they look bad again.

Theworldisnotenough on October 28, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Anecdotal only, but a friend in her early 70′s, a life-long unquestioning Democrat, was quoting some Glenn Beck information to me…approvingly not too long ago. There is real hope that the country is coming out of its slumber.

onlineanalyst on October 28, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Trust me, this will be like September 4th, 1945 — the beginning of the Cold War.

When’s the Berlin Airlift begin? The White House will need to get those crates of golf balls past the blockade.

VoyskaPVO on October 28, 2009 at 6:34 PM

After continuing to skewer the W.H.’s policies, Beck got in a sweet salvo at Anita Dunn at the end of his show today, so either he didn’t get the message or doesn’t give a flip about truces with the propagandists for the Jackass-in-Chief. One thing for sure, he is not going to cease connecting the dots to Marxists, progressives, and fascists in Barry’s administration.

But hey, no doubt Shep is on board.

Buy Danish on October 28, 2009 at 6:34 PM

… Instead of Fox going after the WH on substantive issues, they spent much of their time dwelling and talking about the feud.
huckleberryfriend on October 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM

I don’t know what channel you were watching lately, but I watch a LOT of Fox and they actually spent just as much time as ever going after the White House.

Fox only mentioned the feud in passing, usually with some humor…see the red telly on Beck. Fox seemed to enjoy the White House’s vexation, particularly in increased ratings, AND I never saw them let up on the Obami.

marybel on October 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Truce???? I think not.

What would FOX think they should have to give up for White House access?

This is the White House trying to save face. Nothing more.

PappaMac on October 28, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Did Fox know about this before they raised a white flag to Whine House? Or is the Whine House distracting us again?

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Anti-Fox-website-takes-up-ACORN-cause-66971427.html

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

This smells fishy. My guess is that Bill O’Reilly will have special guest just in time for the Health Scam to be voted on.

yoda on October 28, 2009 at 6:40 PM

“Obama had to postpone his Afghanistan troop buildup announcement until after the Nov 3…………”

Now that Obama has successfully delayed his troop buildup announcement, the Fox feud serves no purpose.
Score 1 for the WH.”

huckleberryfriend on October 28, 2009 at 6:05 PM

October, the deadliest month EVER for US troops in Afghanistan.

“Score 1 for the WH” Uhm who’s side is the WH on?

BTW, do you think any of those 55 troops, their families children and all “think” Obama’s hissy fit was worth their lives?

Do you think it was worth their lives?

October Is Deadliest Month For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan; 55 Deaths

According to the Associated Press, that brings the number of such deaths this month to 55 — making October the deadliest month for U.S. forces since they entered Afghanistan eight years ago.

DSchoen on October 28, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Never mind Beck and Fox News. The Next Feud is going to be between the Democrats themselves “Family Feud”

Dr Evil on October 28, 2009 at 6:42 PM

How stupid is this administration, or a better question might be, how stupid do they think we are?

texanpride on October 28, 2009 at 6:43 PM

I don’t know what channel you were watching lately, but I watch a LOT of Fox and they actually spent just as much time as ever going after the White House.
marybel on October 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Bingo. I was struck last night by how both B.O.R. and Hannity focused on Obama’s “radicals” – like Judge Chen. I got the distinct impression that they are taking Beck’s ball and running with it.

Buy Danish on October 28, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Fox should trust Obama about as much as they would trust Chavez.

Keep hittin the bastard til he goes down then redouble the attack.

elduende on October 28, 2009 at 6:51 PM

docdave on October 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Hum, not sure, Uberidiot has been having a “feud” with BOR who apparently doesn’t know Uberidiot exists!

DSchoen on October 28, 2009 at 6:54 PM

All this is just the no testicular fortitude White House backing down, covering its backside. It’s what this particular White House does best. Backslide and wave the white flag.
While I’m glad to see them back down, because it was rediculous and made the White House look foolish… Well,
it’s no news to the Russians, no news to the Iranians, no news to the military, no news to the Georgians, no news to the Polish, no news to the Czechs, no news to the French, no news to the Afghans….ad infinitum.

marybel on October 28, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Doesn’t sound like much of a truce to me and uh did the WH attack BOR, their official water carrier on FOX?

CCRWM on October 28, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Bilderberger. Isn’t that what you get at In-N_Out? You know when you decide on how you want your burger made? Or is it one of those Teddy Bear thingies?

Buford Gooch on October 28, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Well, the liberals in the White House fought this war with just a bit more energy than they’re fighting the war in Afghanistan. But ultimately like every war they’re engaged in, they surrendered.

hawkdriver on October 28, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I see Gibbsie as the guy in the Far Side comic lying on a stretcher with the arrows sticking in his bare backside. Underneath it, it says, “Then I said, as long as we’re under siege, one of us oughta moon those Saxon dogs.” Too funny!

hoosiermama on October 28, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Oh there is hope for a resolution in the Palestinian/Israeli “feud” after all.
Of course if I was Fox I would be wary of the Obama administration unclenching their fist. Just ask Poland or the Czech Republic.

Just A Grunt on October 28, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Yaa Hooooo! Kicked those little N*gger’s asses!………if you know what I mean.

Itchee Dryback on October 28, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Well said hawkdriver! Take care of yourself and please know we are pulling for you all of you.

yoda on October 28, 2009 at 7:15 PM

The Precedent begged for a hudna.

The White House is just going to act like the slimeballs they are and attack someone else, now. This White House has been on the attack against some individual or organization just about every single day since they started their occupation of 1600 Penn. Ave.

progressoverpeace on October 28, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Itchee Dryback on October 28, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Naggers…I hate those petty folk..always complaining.

Itchee Dryback on October 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Dang! You beat me to it. Good job, mancheez.

progressoverpeace on October 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

They’re still at it,” says a senior Obama aide, who adds that White House officials don’t expect to fire another shot in the battle unless Fox strikes first

Oh, so instead of conceding their utter defeat, the White House thinks they’ve fought to a draw. So, they assume the position of holding a gun to Fox’s head and dare them to make a move. What a strategically stupid move–to try to make anyone think that the White House has come out even-handed on this one is utterly fallacious. They’ve lost, they need to concede that they’ve lost and that they’re the biggest batch of pole smoking fools ever to walk the grounds there. respectfully, of course.

ted c on October 28, 2009 at 7:30 PM

This was such a ruse by the Maoists of the Bambi Administration. Now comes the hardest one to date: Harry and Nancy going to the White House and telling Obie no go on the Health Care Bill.

Dire Straits on October 28, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Umm, don’t think anybody told Glenn…………..

khacha on October 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Fox won.

Itchee Dryback on October 28, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Maybe this why O’Reily outed himself last night. I don’t watch, but I heard O’Reily pretty admitted he was a liberal and had voted for Obama.

That needed outing, lol? Was there ever any doubt?

xblade on October 28, 2009 at 7:48 PM

How do you declare a truce on reporting the facts?

chewmeister on October 28, 2009 at 7:52 PM

progressoverpeace on October 28, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Much before Alinsky came up with “Rules for Radicals”, there was the Koran, which provides “logic” for bloodbath, savagery and subjugation.
BHussainO is not a radical, he is aiming for total and permanent subjugation. The destruction ( “transformation”) of our country is not his goal, its just a by-product of the savagery he is getting ready to unleash.
He’s just getting started

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 8:02 PM

I hope that FNC treats this “agreement” exactly the same way that Iran and North Korea treat “agreements” with us.

The WH is quitting – that sounds suspiciously like their Afghanistan policy.

darwin-t on October 28, 2009 at 8:43 PM

I looked around and found the transcript of the meeting:

WH” “I know you are, but what am I?”

FNC: “My hand is a mirror. Whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks on you.”

End quote

Yeah, I guess that amounts to a truce.

darwin-t on October 28, 2009 at 8:51 PM

“Ramming speed!” – Daniel Simpson Day in ‘Animal House’. (Bruce McGill still kicks ass!)

BHO Jonestown on October 28, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Mediaite hears the meeting was between FNC Senior Vice President Michael Clemente and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in Gibbs’ office at the White House. Clemente then met with the FNC D.C. bureau.

Gibbs to Clemente: “We’re sorry. Can you ease up now?”
Clemente to Gibbs: “Bwaaahahahaha, piss off.”
Clemente to FNC D.C.: ” Great job, give yourselves all a pat on the paycheck. Now, sic ‘em.”

mrt721 on October 28, 2009 at 11:29 PM

Just another WH attempt to distract from their “fundamental changes” … stay focused!

Herc_Dude on October 29, 2009 at 3:19 AM

Someone needs to explain to Gibbs and whomever else at the white house what an ‘outlier’ IS, because in statistical terms someone who dominates 60+% of the market would not qualify.

Joek7132 on October 29, 2009 at 5:52 AM

Beck has done the work that the GOP idiots in congress should have done, and people like ALLAHPUNDIT should have done, instead of mooning over a fraud’s fat daughter.

nelsonknows on October 29, 2009 at 7:43 AM

Details of the meeting and terms of any agreement are still emerging, but we hear the meeting was to come to a “truce” between both sides – a point first reported by FishbowlDC.

Mediaite hears the meeting was between FNC Senior Vice President Michael Clemente and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in Gibbs’ office at the White House. Clemente then met with the FNC D.C. bureau.

There is not one word in that that isn’t troubling.

- The Cat

MirCat on October 29, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Truce my @ss. Abject failure for the wagyu beef-eating surrender monkeys staffing the White House.

ya2daup on October 29, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Truce my a$$! These are CHICAGO POLITICAL MACHINE operatives!!!

I expect they will be feeding false leads and misdirection to “unnamed administration officials” and anonymous sources to pass on to FOX. The goal would be to continue attempts to marginalize and ostracize the Truth that FOX reports.

The only thing sweeter than defeating your enemy, is watching them bleed.

Roy Rogers on October 29, 2009 at 1:12 PM

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