Via the boss, who sees Laura Ingraham’s blast at ABC’s retiring anchor as the highlight of this lengthy exchange yesterday on ABC’s This Week. It’s classic Ingraham — contentious, iconoclastic, and dead-on accurate, which is why she’s probably right that ABC will be reluctant to put her on another panel in the future. However, George Will perfectly captured the Obama administration’s foolishness on the Fox War just before Ingraham blasted Gibson:
No president in the history of the Republic has less reason to complain about his treatment in the press than Barack Obama. Liberals have Academia, they have the mainstream media, they have Hollywood. They’re all for diversity in everything but thought.
And out here is this one channel, Fox, and they’re all up in arms because, in the words of Ms. Anita Dunn of the White House, it is “opinion journalism masquerading as news,” which some of us would say describes the New York Times and certainly MS-NBC.
I wish that Will’s statement on diversity of thought had prompted more discussion, especially since that paragon of objective Murrow-like journalism MS-NBC got an invitation to a tete-a-tete with the President this week. The clip they played of Kennedy showed how presidents prior to Obama realized that they couldn’t allow themselves to descend to media infighting, lest they be seen as heavy-handed, petty, and thin-skinned. All Kennedy did was cancel the paper delivery, and the media wanted an answer.
Unfortunately, for a President who has at times desperately styled himself as a Kennedy, he seems to have acquired none of his hero’s sense of humor and sense of office.