By Wyatt Earp | October 19, 2009
Remember all of the election-era nonsense about HopeyChange? Remember all those commercials that claimed, “Barack Obama just has an ability to bring people together?” Yeah, that was apparently all bunk. At least if you are FOXNews, that is.
Obama bigwigs Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod have declared war on the cable news network, because they think – get this: the news station has a slant. This, from Hot Air:
Via Breitbart, your White House talking point du jour expressed in nearly identical terms on two different shows: Unlike MSNBC and the rest of the media that these two control, Fox isn’t “real news” because it comes with a slant. Candygram for Ax and Rahm from the New York Times: Cease and desist.
It could all be written off as a sideshow, but it may present a genuine problem for Mr. Obama, who took great pains during the campaign to depict himself as being above the fray of over-heated partisan squabbling. In his victory speech he promised, “I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”…
On the official White House Web site, a blog called Reality Check provides a running tally of transgressions by Fox News. It ends with this: “For even more Fox lies, check out the latest ‘Truth-O-Meter’ feature from Politifact that debunks a false claim about a White House staffer that continues to be repeated by Glenn Beck and others on the network.”
People who work in political communications have pointed out that it is a principle of power dynamics to “punch up “ — that is, to take on bigger foes, not smaller ones. A blog on the White House Web site that uses a “truth-o-meter” against a particular cable news network would not seem to qualify. As it is, Reality Check sounds a bit like the blog of some unemployed guy living in his parents’ basement, not an official communiqué from Pennsylvania Avenue.
You would think that with a plummeting economy and almost 10% unemployment, these morons would have better things to do. The most aggravating part of this story is the hypocrisy. Emanuel and Axelrod have no problem with MSNBC – possibly the most liberal news station on Earth – but have issues with FOXNews? Puh-lease. I guess the White House missed this Pew Research study, that proved their allegations questionable, at best, patently false at worst.