high road?

so the NYT is reporting that obama is pretty much done with fox news:

Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House tactic but to an unusual degree, the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to one specific organization, the Fox News Channel, calling it, in essence, part of the political opposition.

“We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,” said Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, in a telephone interview on Sunday. “As they are undertaking a war againstBarack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”

this has, naturally, caused fox to call the white house “cry babies” and point out that hey, during the day, their news coverage is totally fair and you know, people can tell the difference between news and editorializing (to which i say, not the people who watch fox news).

and then there’s pareene’s take on it:

There is a degree to which the entire “war” is mutually beneficial, with both sides firing up the base. But we imagine the Obama White House has also been surprised by the depths of Fox’s irresponsibility (witch-hunting, actively organizing and promoting protests of the president’s legitimacy, everything Glenn Beck does and says). It’s within their power to rein in O’Reilly with flattery, but there’s obviously nothing to be done about the rest of Fox’s non-“news hours” personalities. They’re a bunch of Ahmadinjads.

i’m not entirely sure how i feel about this yet. on the one hand, i think it’s great that someone is willing to call them on their shit. but then again, the fox news viewers will take this as just another attack on their beliefs by the socialist/fascist government and another sign that we’re all going to hell. then again, there’s probably nothing obama could do that would convince them otherwise. 

but hey, at least a democrat is taking a stand. that’s nice to see.

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1 comment
  1. fauxpopuli said:

    Ya, I don’t see what there is to lose. It’s not like there’s really anything Obama could ever say to win those folks over anyway. Hell if I’m being really wishful with my thinking maybe it’ll even lead him to start thinking along these lines in general and just fucking fix some shit rather than trying to be all things to all people.

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