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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Dammit, I wanted to actually see Beck’s Red Phone ring.

portlandon on October 28, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Watching Beck right now. I don’t think he got the memo.

mesquito on October 28, 2009 at 5:02 PM

I guess the 0bama administration decided to withdrawal from a losing battle.

Torch on October 28, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Ya beat me to it, mesquito. He’s talking about Cloward/Piven right now. This war is far from over.

kingsjester on October 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Geez Barry O is afraid of Fox news Im sure the Taliban are laughing their asses off right now.

William Amos on October 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Why would FOX agree to not go after Obama? Why does FOX need for this to stop?

And yes, AP, we know you think Beck is a dangerous right wing nutjob. The bilderbergers reference sealed that conclusion.

keep the change on October 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

FOX’s ratings up ten percent and Obama’s approval down ten percent.

Round one Massive win for FOX.

jukin on October 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

The outlier in the journalistic community which has what, the first seven of the top ten in cable shows, and whose overall ratings have been shooting through the roof since the White House started this mess?

Please. Ogabe and his peeps made a huge mistake and now they are playing at damage control.

Bishop on October 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM

RETREAT! Ha ha ha

deedtrader on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I would be surprised if it makes much difference in Beck’s (and Hannity’s) critique/s of the administration. I certainly hope it doesn’t. Someone needs to keep up the pressure on these lying scumbags.

Monica on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I guess the 0bama administration decided to withdrawal from a losing battle.

Torch on October 28, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Afghanistan?

nolapol on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

I heard we will enrich Fox’s uranium as part of the deal.

rob verdi on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Fox was winning.
So why did FOX surrender ?

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

obeyme is a loser – I never needed FNC for that info, just the internet, my own time and some things all libbies fail to have……logic & morals.

Ris4victory on October 28, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Oh! wrong thread.

nolapol on October 28, 2009 at 5:06 PM

Media Matters, which demagogues Fox for a living

Allah: What is Media Matters’ revenue model again? I assume that outfit simply exists because it is Soros’ will, right?

clorensen on October 28, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Dang did someone call on the “phone”?

upinak on October 28, 2009 at 5:07 PM

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

WHAT? This makes no sense. Is Fox no longer going to report the news? There has got to be something bigger going on here.

I am very distressed over this.

SouperConservative on October 28, 2009 at 5:07 PM

I’m unsure why FNC would meet with them to organize a truce in the first place. What do they have to gain?

changer1701 on October 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

WH in full retreat…Who knew the WH was so “french”?

Mo_mac on October 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

In the meantime…

In the REAL war the US Gov’t is fighting, the Taliban is blowing everything up and killing everyone.

uknowmorethanme on October 28, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Beer Summit II?

Mo_mac on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Another Obama Epic Fail.

Knucklehead on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

They know that the red phone is killing them. The more people that watch Fox News to see what all the hubbub is about also see the red phone and they never see Glenn pick it up.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Hmmmmmm, similar to the “truce” between North and South Korea???

E9RET on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Truce: White House, Fox News end feud

This should be of great comfort to our brave men and women serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Branch Rickey on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Could it have something to do with the fact that Obama was supposed to sign the hate crimes bill today that would make broadcasters complicit in “hate crimes” attacks?

Just thinking out loud here…

SouperConservative on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

I think we have just seen a preview of what Obama will do in Vietnam Afghanistan….

Seven Percent Solution on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Eventually Beck will accuse The One of being a Bilderberger or something and we’ll be playing the feud once again, oh yes.

Allah, dat dere’s doggone funny. And you just know it will happen.

platypus on October 28, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Did Beck get the declaration of truce? I hope he pounds Teh One tonight.

farright on October 28, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Truce? Why? What happened to unconditional surrender?

patriette on October 28, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Beer Summit II

Cicero43 on October 28, 2009 at 5:11 PM

AP, this truce has nothing to do with the opinion side of Fox. You can expect Beck to continue.

Amadeus on October 28, 2009 at 5:11 PM

You left out the best pull quote.

From the Fishbowl:

Clemente then met with the FNC Washington bureau and encouraged staff to remain “fair and balanced.”

Emphasis mine

That’s no truce, that’s victory, something Obama doesn’t believe in, or something like that.

cozmo on October 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

C`mon every body knows how to negotiate with Obama, just nod your head to anything he says and then do whatever you want to do.
Then let Obama give a big speech about himself and the topic and he will forget about it.
And for bonus points give him a trophy or an award, and make it shiney and sparkle, and he will be real happy.

albill on October 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

The red phone is still there and Beck is still on target, hammering away.

kingsjester on October 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Is Daily Kook claiming victory like the Iraqi Information Minister did?

Speedwagon82 on October 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Mo_mac on October 28, 2009 at 5:09 PM

D’oh!

Cicero43 on October 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

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

Well fire away White House, Glenn Beck brought his big guns to the knife fight today. He’s on fire and obviously didn’t see the white flag.

Knucklehead on October 28, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Fox probably gave them Shep in exchange for a Chris Wallace interview with The One.

joedoe on October 28, 2009 at 5:13 PM

It ‘aint over ’til the RED phone rings!!!!!!!!!

Winebabe on October 28, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Fox probably gave them Shep in exchange for a Chris Wallace interview with The One.

joedoe on October 28, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Amen!

SouperConservative on October 28, 2009 at 5:14 PM

HA! That explains why Beck opened his show yesterday with Big Dawgs greatest BJ hits. I was all WTF is this??

HA!

ginaswo on October 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM

What did Fox get in return ?
Did BillO got to interview the Prezisadunce ?

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Fox was winning.
So why did FOX surrender ?

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Prediction: A FOX News surrender is going to bear a striking resemblance to a HAMAS surrender.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Too bad all the wars Obama is losing aren’t this bloodless.

Chuck Schick on October 28, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Beck and Hannity are going to go twice as hard at the WH now to prove that they aren’t being muzzled. O’reilly will report that he has made no concessions to the WH and will continue to hold Obama accountable to the folks.

This is just a one side face saving “truce” cooked up by the WH to cut and run on their ill-advised war with FNC.

rw on October 28, 2009 at 5:16 PM

This is just the other side of the wart conservatives have waged against the so-called MSM for many years. The idea is to make the press second-guess itself whenever it prepares to unleash a particularly harsh volley. It paid off for Bush when the MSM bought into the whole Iraq war thing, being to timid to criticize a Republican President during the run-up to war, for fear of being called unpatriotic. This administration has thrown it’s brushback pitch at Fox and has decided that it’s gotten whatever it needs (or thinks it can get) so the war is off, for now. Fox enjoys the ratings, but has been served notice that life is harder during war time, so it’s ready to shake hands across the DMZ.

Bleeds Blue on October 28, 2009 at 5:16 PM

The “ONE” is not interested in victory… The “ONE” is more concerned about not being ‘dismisive, or dirisive… Oh and eating his waffle’.

Kuffar on October 28, 2009 at 5:16 PM

yeah, this is more or less the WH conceding to Fox

Doctor Zhivago on October 28, 2009 at 5:17 PM

And that’s why The One got the Nobel Peace Prize.

Look a unicorn is outside my window, gotta go…

hotdax on October 28, 2009 at 5:17 PM

Truce? There can only be a truce if Fox stops hammering their inconsistancies / Socialist tendencies. At that point it would not be a truce but unconditional surrender on Fox’s part. To which I hope it is not the case. Hammer time Beck.

Guest1.1 on October 28, 2009 at 5:20 PM

What, no beer summit? O’Douls for dry drunk Beck, Bud for Obama, Zimas for Olbermann and his teenage girlfriend.

Siobhan on October 28, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Prediction: A FOX News surrender is going to bear a striking resemblance to a HAMAS surrender.

TheUnrepentantGeek on October 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM

I do hope Obama and his Wife House are not setting up a hudna

Hannity and Beck should get securuty for their families

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 5:23 PM

I’ll believe it when the Administration officials (I mean the “important” ones) start showing up on FNC… Multiple shows… Until they go on Fox News Sunday or The Factor, this is all hype… I’m not holding my breath…

Khun Joe on October 28, 2009 at 5:23 PM

What else would you expect from a administration run by a narcisstic eunuch? Obama is incapable of the truth so expect backstabbing measures be taken when the opportunity presents itself. Obama’s vanity will allow nothing else.

volsense on October 28, 2009 at 5:24 PM

It’s like shouting truce to a Rocky Balboa going off on your face. Fox ain’t quitting nothin’, Adrian.

John the Libertarian on October 28, 2009 at 5:24 PM

All that happened is that the White House finally figured out that they were risking losing a few of steady supporters on the other networks if they continued to pursue this line of attack so brazenly. Just about the only thing that can get many of these left wing journalists fired up is a direct attack on their institution, and yet the White House thought they had enough of them in the bag to go forward with it.

They’ll still try to marginalize Fox where they can, but they just can’t be so overt about it.

stldave on October 28, 2009 at 5:24 PM

I heard we will enrich Fox’s uranium as part of the deal.

rob verdi on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Thread winner.

DrSteve on October 28, 2009 at 5:24 PM

The WH flying a white flag. Of course Gibbs will spin this as a WH win.

rjoco1 on October 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

The WH is calling off the dogs until Fox says something else that offends it? It’s past 5PM EST, so I’m guessing that’s already occurred.

hawksruleva on October 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

The French also got a truce with the Vietnamese, right after Dien Bien Phu.

Bishop on October 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

WTF?

There’s actually a real conservative newtork in the works, and when it goes wide release it will make Fox look like the MSLSD half the time. Let’s hope Fox doesn’t roll over on them to appease the thughouse. But with so few advertisers remaining (depleted by thugbama’s masturbatory private industry takeover), the battle for ad revenue is set to become ever more vicious.

Western_Civ on October 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

Anyone else ever get the feeling we are watching the longest presidential campaign in history? I think it started back in 2006 and will be non-stop until Nov. 2012.

joedoe on October 28, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I heard we will enrich Fox’s uranium as part of the deal.

rob verdi on October 28, 2009 at 5:05 PM

Well, only the uranium that Fox TELLS them about ;-)

hawksruleva on October 28, 2009 at 5:26 PM

I love it:

Cause: Barry and the boys think they’re gonna be tough guys so they start crap with Fox.

Effect: Fox beats the White House like a rented mule, Barry and the boys get their asses handed to them, and they slink away with their tales between their legs, having thrown in the towel under the guise of calling a truce.
Epic. Fail.

Dopenstrange on October 28, 2009 at 5:26 PM

White House surrender and plays it as a victory.

That’s a Peace Prize!

ROCnPhilly on October 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

So the WH started and ended a battle with Fox News before making any decision on Afghanistan.

Thanks for prioritizing, guys.

hawksruleva on October 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Quitters

faraway on October 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

I suppose it’s better to be an outlier than an outright liar.

TVHall on October 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM

This administration has thrown it’s brushback pitch at Fox and has decided that it’s gotten whatever it needs (or thinks it can get) so the war is off, for now. Fox enjoys the ratings, but has been served notice that life is harder during war time, so it’s ready to shake hands across the DMZ.

Bleeds Blue on October 28, 2009 at 5:16 PM

Are you kidding? The batter charged the mound and chased the pitcher out into left field. Guess what happens in the next half inning?

rw on October 28, 2009 at 5:29 PM

And what would Fox have to gain? How exactly would a truce work here?

truetexan on October 28, 2009 at 5:29 PM

There’s actually a real conservative newtork in the works

Western_Civ on October 28, 2009 at 5:25 PM

REALLY?? Do you have a link to a story or something?

This would be a fantastic development. It would finally show the idiot left that Fox is far more centrist.

John the Libertarian on October 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Doesn’t this have to be ratified by Congress first?

Neo-con Artist on October 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM

“They’re still at it,” says a senior Obama aide

Why are they crying about Fox hitting them?

Don’t the doofuses in the White House know anything about warfare? You can start a war – but you can’t always say when it ends.

They guy you declared on has some say on that.

HondaV65 on October 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Like ‘ol Ronnie said, “There’s a way to have peace in a second. Just surrender”. Keep it up Glenn!

DanMan on October 28, 2009 at 5:33 PM

Resist. UNLESS Beck gets a no holds barred interview with Jarrett, Axelrod, Rahm, and/or Barry. PERIOD

marklmail on October 28, 2009 at 5:34 PM

They guy you declared on has some say on that.

HondaV65 on October 28, 2009 at 5:31 PM

It’s the victim mentality. My ex was master of it. Keep picking a fight, then run away when someone has the audacity of defending themselves.

John the Libertarian on October 28, 2009 at 5:34 PM

OUTLIER MY BUTT foxnews is the mainstream of America. It is the lefty media that are the outlier. It is sad when a small minority controls the information to the rest of the country

unseen on October 28, 2009 at 5:34 PM

I don’t believe this one bit – the WH hopes that this will change Fox’s coverage. I pray that it does not.

“Truth to power?” Who even uses phrases like that? Oh right, sixties leftist throwbacks.

Darned straight, guest 1.1, hammer time Mr. Beck.

bbh on October 28, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Wasn’t this the war over which Obama wasn’t loosing his sleep?

AAhHH now I see

macncheez on October 28, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Telegraphing thier plans for Afghanistan? Wagyu eating surrender monkeys! I know, I know….I’m a racist.

ihasurnominashun on October 28, 2009 at 5:36 PM

Truce!. What Truce?. I never heard anything from FNC Alert…there is no Truce…we win..they lose!!!!

hawkman on October 28, 2009 at 5:37 PM

Retreat and appeasement is the Obama way.

Philly on October 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

I agree Hawkman, I have not seen anything on Drudge or Fox News about this. Maybe it is someone throwing feelers out.

Guest1.1 on October 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

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

By striking first, they mean reporting the news, so don’t put down that popcorn just yet.

Ronnie on October 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

Put down the thesaurus.

So, this explains Shep Smith’s outburst earlier? lol

a truce. yes, we are all kindergartners now.

bridgetown on October 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

What exactly did FOX give up to get the truce?

*crickets*

Meremortal on October 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM

So in other words the Obama administration is backing down and trying to save face by spinning the story to make it look like it was some sort of mutual agreement between them and Fox. Besides I really don’t see Beck backing off anytime soon, which is about as likely as President Obama giving another one on one interview to Bill O’Reilly in the not to distant future.

Hellrider on October 28, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Hudna…

Prepare for war!

patch on October 28, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Bravely, Sir Barry ran away.

Christien on October 28, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Barry still too thin skinned. He’ll still be muttering, moaning, writhing around, and foaming at the mouth anytime someone on Fox says “Boo!”……….but his advisors finally convinced him what an idiotic stance they had taken to conduct an open war with them.

The animosity will still be there, no doubt.

JoeinTX on October 28, 2009 at 5:43 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. It might not be true that he did that, but if he did, maybe he was trying to appease not only Obama but Fox.

Hobbes on October 28, 2009 at 5:44 PM

Clemente then met with the FNC Washington bureau and encouraged staff to remain “fair and balanced.”

Translation: Business as usual.

mizflame98 on October 28, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Glenn’s bagging on Obama as I am typing this. LOL.

GinaE on October 28, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Do what you can do to help.

Record, tivo, dvr….run a million times. Have your worthless teenager do it for you.

Glenn, etc. are doing their part.

Think of every inconvenience as a little kerfuffle for the white house.

nondhimmie on October 28, 2009 at 5:47 PM

Maybe Beck can organize a Sherman’s March on D.C. I can just see it now – a slew of buses rolling down the freeway with torches mounted on the front with signs saying DC or Bust.

Now that’s a daydream Beck should make real.

platypus on October 28, 2009 at 5:48 PM

WHERE WAS THE BEER SUMMIT – BREAKING BREAD ACCORD BETWEEN FOX AND OBAMA AND WHY WASN’T IT TELEVISED?

IntheNet on October 28, 2009 at 5:48 PM

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