White House declares war on FOX News
Now that the White House has openly blasted FOX News Network, one wonders if they will up the ante in return.
FOX's claim to be "fair and balanced" has certainly proven to be untrue, but then, I do not hold that MSNBC is fair or balanced either, the network clearly having a liberal bias and being quite proud of the fact.
I think in these days of Cable News Networks, it is natural enough that these have become partisan. In former times, the news had of necessity to be fair and unbiased, but now that one has many stations from which to choose, the splitting into party camps was the natural outgrowth.
WASHINGTON -- After months of low-grade rhetorical combat with Fox News, the White House finally declared all-out war this weekend.
"It really is not a news network at this point," White House communications director Anita Dunn told CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday.
The administration has been battling the conservative network since the campaign last year, but recently things have heated up. Aides refused to grant an interview with President Obama to Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, last month -- even though Obama appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and Univision on the same day. Fox's broadcast arm no longer interrupts its primetime programming to air presidential news conferences, relegating them to the news channel only, and as a result, Obama hasn't called on the network's White House correspondent for a question lately. A few weeks ago, when Chicago was passed over for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the White House put out a detailed documentlisting all the ways Fox and its commentators had twisted the story around.
But still, Dunn's blunt language on Sunday took things to a new level. "They're widely viewed as, you know, part of the Republican Party," she said. "Take their talking points and put them on the air. Take their opposition research and put them on the air, and that's fine. But let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN is." Even the captions the network uses to headline its stories, Dunn said, are slanted.
There's certainly no question that Fox has gone out of its way to attack the White House on a daily basis. Republicans, in turn, frequently pick up the various crackpot theories the network peddles and run with them themselves. It may be that the Fox coverage of the administration simply can't get any worse -- or Fox could decide to get even more over the top in reaction.
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