Let me start by letting everyone know that wordpress was down on Friday night for about 4 hours. It happened to be the four hours I intended to write, so that was why there was no guest commentary. It was not that I didn’t have submissions that could have been shared. Just wanted to give an explanation for why no article went up on Friday night. I was perusing the stuff out there this evening, hoping to find something that would strike my fancy in terms of interesting political news. I stumbled on to an article over at the Huffington Post discussing the White House’s recent decision to “go on the attack” against Fox News. I will be interested in hearing the opinion on this from the left. I know that we have discussed fox news before, and there are some who despise it. But I think that what we are seeing from the White House is something I cannot ever remember seeing before. And to be honest, it lowered my opinion of the White House a bit…
So the article over at Huffington was discussing the fact that the White House had last week released a statement that they were going to begin a new strategy aimed at going on the attack against those media outlets that are aimed at discrediting the White House. The statement from the White House specifically targeted Fox News. Now I don’t want to be misunderstood here. I understand that Fox News is far and away the most critical news network of the Obama administration and the policies that come forth from the White House. Despite some folk’s claims that I am nothing more than a conservative hack for Fox News pretending to dislike the Republican party, I am no such thing. I am not especially trusting of Fox News any more than any other of the big network news channels that pretend to be honest news outlets. But I will say that I do think that when it comes to the news sections of Fox News, I find them to be a little less biased than many of the other big boys. Allow me to explain.
O’Reilly, Hannity, and Beck are commentary. They are not journalists or news anchors. They do not claim to be. At night, Fox admittedly turns the station over to conservative commentators and interjects for 5 minutes between each show with actual news breaks. To be honest I find Beck amusing in the same way that I find John Stewart and Colbert funny. I think Beck offers a little more in the way of facts, but also equals those other two in terms of the amount of fiction. He should be taken with a grain of salt. I will stop discussing him, as I dedicated a whole post to him the other night. But in my opinion, when you stick to looking at the guys who are supposed to be presenting the news (guys like Shepard Smith), they are, for the most part, honest in reporting and unbiased. Is there a slight slant in what gets reported? Yes, I think there is. But I also think they go out of their way in most cases to be honest and say up front where the news is happening and why. I think that they appear more conservative because they are more conservative… which I think puts them more in line with regular people in America.
Fox News will certainly come across as conservative if you attempt to compare their message and content to any of the other major “news” networks out their. I do feel that this is due to the fact that the other major networks out there are so liberally biased, that even honest and completely unbiased reporting would look conservative in comparison. A quick look at the major anchors in the other networks show a ton more bias to the left than the Fox anchors show towards the right. Katie Couric, Wolf Blitzer, Charles Gibson, Brian Williams, Kyra Phillips, just to name a few, are all guilty of leaning in their reporting. We have watched plenty of studies show that the media is overwhelmingly liberal in its stories and reporting choices. The reality is that if you want to get your news without a hard spin to the left, Fox News is one of the very few sources you can find.
So it struck me as a bit odd that the White House would suddenly decide, after a year of overwhelmingly positive spin generated by MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, and the like, they would suddenly feel that they need to go after Fox News in order to set the record straight on the falsehoods presented.
Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, said some pretty straight-forward and derogatory things about Fox News last week. 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. And it is not ideological… what I think is fair to say about Fox, and the way we view it, is that it is more of a wing of the Republican Party.” I was a bit thrown back to see a statement like that from the White House. She added that “[Fox is] widely viewed as a part of the Republican Party: take their talking points and put them on the air, take their opposition research and put it on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news organization like CNN is.” I would say that they are every bit as much a news outlet as CNN, and certainly FAR more accurate in their reporting than sleazy MSNBC.
In an interview earlier in the week with Time Magazine, Dunn also made the statement, “just sit back and defend ourselves, because [conservative media] will say anything. They will take any small thing and distort it.” When I read that statement I was literally beginning to get visibly angry with her for portraying Fox News this way without taking a hard look at the tactics being employed by the left. By distorting does she mean like the time when Fox showed a picture of a man with an assault weapon on his back while cropping the picture to hide the fact that he is a black man and then having a discussion on how this was racism against the President? Oh, wait, that wasn’t Fox, that was MSNBC. Maybe she means the way that Garofalo said the tea parties were about race and the anchor agreed with her. Crap, MSNBC again. Ohhhh, I bet she was talking about the reporter who went to the tea party and derided the sentiment as “anti-government, and anti CNN.” Wait that was CNN.
The massive amounts of “taking little things and distorting them” examples I could provide from the liberal media news outlets I listed above, or print media like the NY Times, would take days to write down.
And let’s be honest the most gross examples of taking things out of context, making false claims, playing the race card, providing misleading facts, or outright lying, come from the members of the United States Congress. On both sides.
So the question to be asked is why isn’t the White House upset with the massive amounts of false information and lying coming from the liberal media, like MSNBC. Why isn’t the White House upset and taking to task the members of Congress who lead the charge in terms of the misrepresentation of facts in today’s political discourse? Why is Fox News being singled out for challenge and ridicule? Here is your answer:
The White House is not interested in the slightest with accurate reporting of facts. They are interested in shutting down opposing opinions to their grand plans for changing this country. Where Fox News went wrong was in their decision to challenge the Messiah. How dare they challenge the great and mighty Obama! Someone in one of the articles I read likened this to a shot across the bow of Fox News. A warning shot from the Obama administration that they don’t like dissent voiced to the plans and actions of the White House. If accuracy and truth were what the White House was after, they certainly would be forced to go after, at a minimum, MSNBC.
Allow me to give a little example of where the media has gone these days. The other night on Saturday Night Live, they did a skit in which they depicted Obama giving an address to the American people. In the skit they made fun of Obama and listed all these campaign promises and noted how he isn’t following through on doing the things that he said he would do. They literally were giving the message that Obama hasn’t accomplished anything. CNN actually felt the need to do a “fact check” to refute the claims made in that skit. They “fact checked” SNL! A comedy show! When has a “news” network in the past felt the need to fact check a comedy show? Where were they when the outlandish skits were being done on Sarah Palin, John McCain, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, or anyone else? SNL has always done political humor skits. Now all the sudden, “news” outlets want to fact check SNL. Outrageous. Still think the media isn’t firmly in Obama’s corner?
And now they feel the need to go after Fox News. They feel the need to shut Fox up. And I have to tell you, I agree with staunch liberal from Fox News, Kirsten Powers, when she says that this White House is the biggest bunch of crybaby whiners we have ever had. Because that is what I am beginning to see more and more of from this administration. Obama simply hasn’t been able to become the leader that we expect in the White House. And part of that is the fact that they whine and cry about everything and everyone who goes against the grain by not jumping up and down with joy at every Obama declaration.
So I say that the White House is first and foremost a group of weak crybabies when it comes to criticism. And on top of that, they feel that they have the right to attempt to shut up the only major news network that would dare say something critical of Obama.
It sure is a far cry from just a few years ago when the battle cry of the Democrats was “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”