WH e-mail confirms a deliberate attempt to exclude Fox from interview pool in 2009

posted at 6:15 pm on July 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe

You might remember this flap from a few years ago. If you were upset then, you should feel justified now.

Back in October 2009, Fox News was nearly excluded from a series of round-robin interviews with TARP Special Master Kenneth Feinberg. Back then, Treasury officials said the near exclusion wasn’t intentional. It was just an innocent mistake and one which was quickly corrected — because the bureau chiefs of four other networks (ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC) agreed to boycott the interviews unless Fox was included (kudos to those bureau chiefs, by the way!). Ultimately, Fox News’ Major Garrett interviewed Feinberg and the fuss died down.

But e-mails newly obtained by Judicial Watch, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal the “mistake” was deliberate, after all — but driven by White House officials, rather than Treasury officials. ABC’s Jake Tapper reports:

At the time, Treasury officials claimed that there was no “plot” to exclude Fox News. In a January 2010 New Yorker magazine story, then-press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporter Ken Auletta: “This started over at Treasury, and when it got to the White House it was fixed.”

That does not seem to be an accurate claim, given the paper trail. Indeed, it seems that Treasury Department officials wanted to include Fox News and the White House didn’t want the conservative cable outlet included. …

[Treasury official Jenni] Lecompte emailed White House official Dag Vega at 11:10 a.m. noting that Treasury was trying to add more interviews for Feinberg to the schedule. She asked: “If we did do Fox in the mix, is that an issue? (understand you would not but if we do is that a problem on your end?)”

Vega wrote to her: “we’d prefer if you skip Fox please.”

Additional e-mails “also provide colorful evidence of an anti-Fox News bias within the Obama White House,” according to Judicial Watch. One official even e-mailed the suggestion of “putting some dead fish in the fox cubby — just cause.” Now, the best defense White House press secretary Jay Carney can offer is that no dead fish actually were put in the Fox cubby, even though the suggestion was made.

But as Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement: “The juvenile Mafioso-talk in these emails has no place in any White House. For the Obama administration to purposely exclude a major news organization from access to information has troubling First Amendment implications.”

Fox reporters might have been the first to receive the cold shoulder, but they weren’t the last. In light of all this, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the president can’t handle reporters asking questions. If they keep asking long enough, he might have to answer.

 


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Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Lying again…

PatriotRider on July 14, 2011 at 6:18 PM

In light of all this, it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that the president can’t handle reporters asking questions.

Yup…

OmahaConservative on July 14, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Awwww looky. The White House of the Obama droids don’t like Fox or any other news agency that gives them hard questions.

waaaaaaaa

upinak on July 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Our President is Cool?

Del Dolemonte on July 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

we knew it then…glad we have proof now.

IowaWoman on July 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

it depends. Are conservatives the new religon?

upinak on July 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Close, I would the Soviet Union in the 1920s.

Oil Can on July 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM

and they call dear leader the ‘adult’ in the room

the most childish administration evah!

kudos to Jake!

cmsinaz on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Glad to see that the current administration is occupied by adults.

GarandFan on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Awwww looky. The White House of the Obama droids don’t like Fox or any other news agency that gives them hard questions.

waaaaaaaa

upinak on July 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Don’t laugh. The media and dhimmis are working overtime to see Murdock go down and with him Fox news. Don’t think they can but they certainly are going to give it their best shot.

sandee on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

oh, those emails are *far* less interesting than Sarah Palin’s…after all, she made a typo in one!

Paradox Drive on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

thinking harder on this questions. Hitler hated the jews, catholics, gays, anyone with features that were not pleasing to him. Makes you wonder what Obama thinks, and how scared should you be?

upinak on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

you won’t hear about this on cnn or msdnc…

cmsinaz on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I’d imagine it’s because they aren’t news.

mythicknight on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

“Tell Tapper he’s next.”
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on July 14, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Am I misremembering or didn’t Obama say the Fox wasn’t a real new agency. I have to admit I was proud of the way the press stuck together on this.

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Don’t laugh. The media and dhimmis are working overtime to see Murdock go down and with him Fox news. Don’t think they can but they certainly are going to give it their best shot.

sandee on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Wait, there is a problem. The Media is noticing they can’t “control” the POSTUS and we have all seen the interviews of Obama getting nasty towards the reporter.

I think some of those in the media, are beginning to realize they may have made a mistake with this moron.

upinak on July 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Are we really surprised? Remember how all the nasty details of what went on in the Clinton White House came out when Bush’s team took over? How Clinton’s team had “trashed” the White House? I shudder to think what will come to light when our new Republican president takes over in January 2013.

tnmama on July 14, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Like this is a surprise.

gophergirl on July 14, 2011 at 6:27 PM

“Tell Tapper he’s next.”

- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on July 14, 2011 at 6:22 PM

After Tapper’s little go around with Carney today, I have no doubt.

Knucklehead on July 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

But as Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement: “The juvenile Mafioso-talk in these emails has no place in any White House. For the Obama administration to purposely exclude a major news organization from access to information has troubling First Amendment implications.”

+1. QOTD?

RepubChica on July 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Our leader has a better haircut and no mustache.

TXUS on July 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Hey, it’s not the President’s fault about the whole reporters-shouting-questions controversy. But, it’s not the reporters’ fault either.

It’s the questions. That’s the whole problem.

If they’d just ask him about basketball or waffles — something he knows something about — he’d talk all day long. But, they’re asking him unfair questions, about — you know — governing the nation and all that complicated, boring stuff.

IndieDogg on July 14, 2011 at 6:31 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Germany in the early 30′s was not known for its dead fish fetishes.

Lily on July 14, 2011 at 6:32 PM

they are talking about this now on special report….

good for them

cmsinaz on July 14, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Am I misremembering or didn’t Obama say the Fox wasn’t a real new agency. I have to admit I was proud of the way the press stuck together on this.

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM

His Axelrod said that actually. Also Rahm. Both on the same day.

Del Dolemonte on July 14, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Am I misremembering or didn’t Obama say the Fox wasn’t a real new agency. I have to admit I was proud of the way the press stuck together on this.

Cindy Munford on July 14, 2011 at 6:23 PM

And CNN and MSNBC are?

sandee on July 14, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Duuuuuuuuuh I’m just the average idiot American, who has no clue why this is corrupt and illicit? C’mon Dems. Explain to me why this isn’t really bad, on your parts.

No answer? Who are the real idiots?

capejasmine on July 14, 2011 at 6:36 PM

dear leader framed fox as a talk radio format station via jim angle’s report and not a true journalistic station like cnn and msdnc….

puhleeze

LIAR

cmsinaz on July 14, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Glad to see the proof.

tinkerthinker on July 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Just remember…

… Obowma does not know anything about “Fast and Furious”.

/

Seven Percent Solution on July 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

1930′s Germany didn’t think of taxing cats?

darwin on July 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

cmsinaz on July 14, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Good point!..Plus I think The Lizard Lady (Anita Dunn)tried to shut out Fox News when she was part of the Obie crew..:)

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I’d imagine it’s because they aren’t news.
mythicknight on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Thank you for the utterly predictable, adolescent,non substantive, leftard copy and paste response.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

you would be correct :)

cmsinaz on July 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Good point!..Plus I think The Lizard Lady (Anita Dunn)tried to shut out Fox News when she was part of the Obie crew..:)

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Eeewww I remember her Mao speech and that tongue darting in and out….

sandee on July 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM

hey fox, nice network ya got there. shame if something happened to your broadcast license. a real shame…

DrW on July 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Thin.Skinned.

ladyingray on July 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I’d imagine it’s because they aren’t news.
 
mythicknight on July 14, 2011 at 6:21 PM

 
Thank you for the utterly predictable, adolescent,non substantive, leftard copy and paste response.
 
Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM

 
No, he’s right. I heard a report about it on MSNBC.
/

rogerb on July 14, 2011 at 6:48 PM

On the Frank Luntz panel on Hannity’s show last night, they actually asked the question “is Obama a cry-baby”. About half the audience said yes.

slickwillie2001 on July 14, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Surprising Tapper hasnt had an accident yet. Like Wallace said, Crybabies.

Southernblogger on July 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Nixonian

MJBrutus on July 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Nixonian

MJBrutus on July 14, 2011 at 6:50 PM

No Nixon was a piker compared to this President…

sandee on July 14, 2011 at 6:52 PM

There should be no shock, at all. The one station, and hardly in a denouement state, causes outrage. I have not touched the channel in two years, simply because of O’Reilly, “Shea”, Juan, and Giraldo. These people make up some “curse” against the presidency. Hardly.

betsyz on July 14, 2011 at 6:55 PM

If Bush had outlawed one network …

hawkdriver on July 14, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM
Our President is Cool?

Del Dolemonte on July 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

and 1/2 black

Wade on July 14, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Geraldo.

betsyz on July 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

sandee on July 14, 2011 at 6:42 PM

LoL..I remember that well..:)

Dire Straits on July 14, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I’m shocked, shocked to find that immaturity is going on in there!

badtemper on July 14, 2011 at 7:08 PM

“No laws were broken!”
/crr6

Khun Joe on July 14, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Intentional accident. Setting the table for when social security checks don’t get sent. Whoops!

VikingGoneWild on July 14, 2011 at 7:22 PM

This somewhat ties in with the British phone hacking scandal. I keep getting the impression that the other networks are piling on the story because they don’t like the fact that a) Fox continually cleans MSNBC’s clock in the ratings and b) Fox will not bow before Dear Leader.

In fact, here is a photo of the news pool taken during Obama’s 2008 nomination acceptance speech. Fox is in the circle.

kurtzz3 on July 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Obama doesn’t have a mustache.

Alden Pyle on July 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Actually the only real problem FDR ever had with Hitler, or for that matter the Japanese as well, was when they poked their noses outside their own borders. If they’d just stayed at home and butchered their own people, there wouldn’t have been a Second World War and they’d have all died quietly in their beds and been remembered as heroes of the Great 20th Century Progressive Leap Forward. The New York Times would never have reported any of those viscious ugly rumors about concentration camps and Winston Churchill would have drank himself to death out of frustrated anonymity and ended up a mere footnote as a cranky old Victorian scold.
So the great lesson every despot and tinhorn mass murderer has learned from the history of the last century is that if you don’t openly invade your neighbor’s playpen, you can pretty much make a charnel house out of your own and nobody will bother you. In fact, you may even get to be a cult hero with your face emblazoned on tee shirts all over the upper west side of Manhattan, and be a regular stop on every Hollywood punk’s vacation tour between Oliver Stone movies.
Not a bad gig, really…..if you can stand the company!

Lew on July 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

The deeply gullible and/or enemies of the state guided by blind allegiance (aka: Obamatons) shall even more fervently worship the ground he walks on now and despite the inherent evil of his deeds they’ll also assure him another four more years during which time being termed out he’ll have nothing to lose and he’ll really let down his hair.

We ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

FlatFoot on July 14, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Remind me again how we are different than Germany in the early 30s.

faraway on July 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Well, I geuss Eva Braun is dead. That’s about it.

esnap on July 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM