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Why the White House attack on Fox is backfiring

October 21st, 2009 . by TexasFred

Why the White House attack on Fox is backfiring

There seems to be general agreement that the Obama White House’s campaign against Fox News is actually directed at other news organizations — to “get other journalists to think twice before following [Fox's] stories in their own coverage,? according to an article in the Politico. Fox is beyond the pale, the White House is telling the press corps: You wouldn’t want to have anything to do with that, would you?

But the White House campaign appears to be backfiring. A number of mainstream journalists are reacting badly to the attempt to declare a journalistic organization off-limits. Why the negative reaction? Is it because of solidarity among reporters? A reflexive defense of freedom of the press? Secret sympathy for Fox?

None of the above. The real reason the White House campaign is backfiring is that it offends journalistic self-esteem.

Most mainstream reporters are already ignoring stories critical of the Obama administration that Fox plays up. They famously stayed away from the Van Jones story, and the ACORN story, too, for as long as possible. They were doing exactly what the White House wanted, but they believed they were doing it for sound journalistic reasons, not as the result of any bias, and certainly not as the result of any directive from the White House.

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Why the White House attack on Fox is backfiring

Conservative, right-wing terrorist bloggers, such as myself, and a few others, stood against Obama and Company long before it was fashionable. We were Obama haters when being an Obama hater wasn’t cool. We were trend setters. And the MSM ignored us.

We stood against John McCain and his lame, RINO BS, and the MSM gave McCain a hard time. Imagine that!

We tried desperately to convince the American public that McCain was a loser, not just in the political arena, but in life as well. We tried to tell Americans that McCain was as big a wild card as Obama. At least with Obama, we knew EXACTLY what we were going to get. No one can say that about John McCain. The MSM pretty much repeated that line, because it was convenient, and it helped Obama along.

We tried to get the American voters to dump BOTH of these LOSERS and go with a real, solid, and proven Conservative. The MSM ignored that plea, we DARED to denigrate The Obamessiah.

We alienated many friends in doing so. But we were right, and NOW our friends see it too.

We have ALL touted the MSM as being the most in the tank group of people that has ever existed. Barack Hussein Obama is the President of the United States because he was, and for the most part, still is, the darling of the media.

The media has let Obama slide on many topics that they would have taken other presidents to task over. Obama has, at least until now, been given a FREE RIDE by the MSM.

Now, when the White House takes the too-obvious step of actually issuing them marching orders, they recoil. Such orders are an insult to their image of themselves as tough-but-fair journalists. Even if they were completely in the tank — remember when Obama told them, “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me? — their most cherished image of themselves is of savvy, straight-shooting reporters, not taken in by the spin and talking points of the officials they cover.

The anti-Fox campaign offends that sense of self-esteem in the clumsiest way possible. That’s why it’s backfiring.

The Mainstream Media, for the most part, has had the wool pulled over their eyes. Maybe, if we’re lucky, the efforts of people like Glenn Beck will come to fruition.

Maybe Obama and his minions can be FULLY exposed as the tyrants the truly seek to be. Maybe the MSM will pull it’s head OUT of the sand and get IN this fight.

It’s a 100% certainty that if they don’t, they will either be nothing more than a tool OF the Obama administration, his fully controlled propaganda machine, or, they can count on being seen as NEXT if FOX goes down because other media outlets didn’t support them, the 1st Amendment and the USA!

A bit of journalistic integrity would go a long ways right about now. The MSM actually opening up their eyes and seeing Obama for what he IS would be nice too.

A play on words, so to speak, ‘Obama, not just wrong, evil as well’

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8 Responses to “Why the White House attack on Fox is backfiring”

  1. comment number 1 by: Vigilante

    I think there is going to be that air of uncertainty Fred, for awhile yet anyway. I think the MSM is going to take a wait and see attitude with obama and FOX. If they see that the messiah and his marxist machine starts to succeed in silencing FOX, they will HAVE to know THEY will be next. Let’s hope they see the writing on the wall and cream his ass good.

  2. comment number 2 by: BobF

    Here’s something Chrissie posted about the treatment of Bush compared to Obama. You don’t have to like Bush to realize how things are much different with Obama.

    http://www.theodoresworld.net/archives/2009/10/if_george_w_bush_was_an_idiot.html#comments

  3. comment number 3 by: LD Jackson

    I keep looking for the White House to find some way to initiate legal action against FOX News. That was a favorite tactic of the Obama campaign and if they can find a way, they will probably employ it here.

    I can just hear the MSM raising their voices against this. It would make for some very interesting backpedaling by some very embarrassed folks.

  4. comment number 4 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    I don’t see the pressure coming off Fox for some time. I do, however, see one other thing: Fox’s ratings will continue to skyrocket after the Fed pushes them into the perceived martyr category. It will only end up making Fox more money and pull greater ratings.

    BZ

  5. comment number 5 by: HoosierArmyMom

    There is another thing they do not mention. Many elderly folks and retirees are creatures of habit. The local paper in the morning (mostly left leaning) and NBC Nightly News… never any variation per se, and only an occasional blitz through to check out other programs. This could well get many to break their pattern just out of curiosity! What is so bad that the White House would attack a news agency! By doing things that they have never seen other Presidents do, they really draw more attention to their own insanity and inexperience.

    I think this, along with many other things, like acting like they weren’t aware of card carrying Commies being made Czars and the calling out of a Police Dept as stupid “without knowing all the facts”… well eventually it will attract attention they really don’t want.

  6. comment number 6 by: Patrick Sperry

    Fox News, then, actually today in Congress. Texas Fred, Myself, and others will be set up before firing squads.

    Internet censorship is in their sights…

  7. comment number 7 by: Silver Fox

    The all out declaration of war by the Obamaites on FOX News is in responce to recent successful attacks by FOX on many close White House supporters. They fear more such exposers and have decided to strike first. Your other commentors have it right FOX’s numbers will continue to grow while the attacks from the White will continue. This as I see it is all out war! Obama is afraid of new revelations that are coming down the pike and they are desperately seeking to blunt the effect.

  8. comment number 8 by: Katie

    Nixon tried this with the Washington Post. 11 members of the Nixon White House went to prison & Nixon resigned in disgrace. Obama’s White House is starting to feel more & more like Nixon’s.

    My advice to Emanual: Soap on a Rope!