White House accuses Fox News of 'waging war against Barack Obama'
Published: 11:45PM BST 12 Oct 2009
Anita Dunn, communications director, has led the charge, appearing on CNN television and conducting interviews with Time magazine and The New York Times in recent days to make her case.
Speaking of media magnate Rupert Murdoch's Fox, Ms Dunn told the Times in an interview published Monday: "We're going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent.
"As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don't need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave," she said.
In comments just days earlier to Time magazine, Ms Dunn, a veteran Democratic Party communications strategist who joined the White House in May, denounced Fox as "opinion journalism masquerading as news".
"They are boosting their audience. But that doesn't mean we are going to sit back," she said.
Appearing on CNN on Sunday, Ms Dunn said "the reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party".
She said the White House would not be a "passive bystander" as opponents try to "tear down the president and his presidency."
So what do "active bystanders" that happen to be executive branches of governments do in these sort of situations?
And She states "opinion journalism masquerading as news" and later the article refers to Glenn Beck.
The White House blog singled out Glenn Beck, a conservative talk show host on Fox, for criticism, saying his program "has shown that nothing is worthy of respect if it can be used as part of a partisan attack to boost ratings."
Wait just one second there deary, a television program is molding it’s message to target a specific demographic?!? SAY IT AIN’T SO! Thank goodness John Stewart and Stephan Colbert don’t do anything like that! Oh wait, they do (and I enjoy their shows) because in America we have freedom of speech and there is nothing wrong with people paying you to say something. If there is some legal issue with what they say then settle it in a legal arena. This sort of mob tactic, media attack further illustrates how desperate and unhinged the Democratic party is becoming.
Ms. Dunn appeared on CNN, a Network that is well known to never attempt to make a profit from the hard core news it reports.
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That's some kind of unbiased, profit independent journalism.