Today the White House stepped up its attack on Fox News, announcing that the network would no longer be able to conduct interviews with officials as a member of the Press Pool. The Pool is a five-member group consisting of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC organized by the White House Correspondents Association. Its membership is not subject to oversight by the government.
Before an interview with “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg, the administration announced that Fox News would be banned from the press pool. This marks the first time in history that an administration had attempted to ban an entire network from the press pool.
To their credit, the other networks objected. They told the White House that if Fox were banned, none of the other networks would participate. The White House relented, but in an apparent act of petulant retaliation, it restricted each network to a two-minute interview instead of the standard five.
Interestingly, this behavior completely contradicts an opinion rendered Tuesday by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs when questioned by ABC’s Jake Tapper.
As you know I hate the media as much as anyone one and more than most. The idea that our democracy can only work without a free press is idiotic. Our democracy is not working. We have four wars; Terror, Drugs, Iraq, Afghanistan and a 5th on the way, Pakistan. Last I checked the federal debt is at $11.7 trillion. Our Imperial President is shitting in the face of every citizen, breaking every promise in his Blueprint For Change and generally showing he is as inarticulate as Monkey-boy Bush all while his bitch wife tramps around in $500 shoes. And where is our elitist Congress during all this? On their knees sucking King Hussein’s little sausage.
Still, the fact that King Hussein is so terrified of people who aren’t willing to believe his bullshit is revealing. As revealing is the fact that the other media organizations stood by Fox and didn’t let this go. While on some level I suspect their reasons for doing so we our of nobility and principals I think they also realized that they could be next.
The media gets credit for finding their spinal cords, at last. They sure as hell didn’t know where their spines or testicles were during the 2008 election.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: We render opinion based on some their coverage and the fairness of that coverage.
Tapper: That’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they’re not a news organization. How are they different from, say another, say ABC, MSNBC, Univision?
Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight or five this afternoon.
Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programs. Or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying that thousands of individuals who work for a media organization do not work for a news organization. Why is that appropriate for the White House to say?
Gibbs: That is our opinion.
Carol E. Lee, Politico: Does that mean the White House doesn’t believe they should be part of the press pool?
Gibbs: The press pool is decide by the White House Correspondents Association.
Lee: So you have no opinion on whether they should be …
Gibbs: I’m not going to delineate for the White House Correspondents Association how the pool is conducted. That’s not my job.
The first video manages to condense the entire coverage of King Hussein since he ascended the throne by Fox News down to 5 minutes in an effort to show that Fox “started this war”. At the end of the movie we see the words “Fox is not news. It’s a 24/7 political operation.”
- King Hussein is a 24/7 political operation. You fight fire with fire.
- Anyone remember an eight year period when ever “news” organization was attacking Bush around the clock?
- Which comments, if any, in this condensed version of Fox coverage are untrue? King Hussein is a communist. King Hussein is a racist. King Hussein is a liar. Why is telling the truth good when applied to a Republican President, but “political” when applied to a Democrat President?