Tapper set the standard, and the rest are now following suit. Director Blue writes (via Dan Riehl):
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.
Does the word “frightening” adequately describe the WH’s actions when it comes to freezing out mainstream media news outlets it deems “biased” (against them)?
I gotta give props to other MSM reporters for coming to the defense of Fox – it’s pretty bad for the WH when even their loyal press corp stands against them alongside the eeeevil Fox News.
Having another busy afternoon. Will check back in later.
FYI, I had another visit to the doctor’s office this morning. This week, I have just been wiped out – sometimes during the day, and sometimes when I come home at night. It’s like I can’t lay down on the couch fast enough. Last night I hardly slept because I had a really bad coughing fit just before I went to bed. I was concerned about the fatigue and lingering cough, and wanted the doctor to take a look at me to make sure I was ok and that I hadn’t developed a bacterial infection after what I went through with the swine flu. The good news is she told me that I am fine and that I need to be patient and let the recovery process take its course. The bad news is it can sometimes take weeks til you’re fully back to your old self. So please bear with me as some days blogging may be light (as it has been this week) as I try and fully get back into the game.
Like most people, once I was feeling better I wanted to dive head first into everything to catch up, but you can’t do that. You have to take it easy and still get your rest. Some of us have to learn the hard way
In response to the EW report on the liberal Nation magazine’s attempt at cashing in at Sarah Palin’s expense with their own book “Going Rouge,” Ed Morrissey goes off:
Would “the most honest account” have to be wrapped in a deceptive cover, intended to confuse consumers into buying the wrong book? If it doesn’t start out with an honest approach, why should we trust that the same people who made that decision will be honest inside the covers? For an answer to that, we only need see the list of essayists included in this rehash of old Palin-opposing material, who include such straight-arrow observers as Amanda Marcotte, Max Blumenthal, Eve Ensler, and Jane Hamsher. Hamsher made her biggest political splash when she put Joe Lieberman in blackface during his re-election campaign. Marcotte got fired from the Edwards campaign for her vilification of religious believers in language bad enough to actually embarrass Edwards — and given Edwards’ history, that’s saying something indeed.
The whole thing looks like a bad Mad Magazine takeoff of a book, which is the impression that The Nation leaves with its Going Rouge cheapie. And the bottom line is this: after 150 years of publication, The Nation has to piggyback off of a Republican VP candidate to achieve relevance. Have The Nation’s editors become so insecure about their product that they feel they can only sell it through deception? In that, it has a lot in common with their progressive agenda.
And so-called “progressive leaders” as well, who don’t seem to know how to grow up – and get beyond silly and demeaning sexist stereotypes (yes, liberal women can be some of the worst serial sexist offenders). “Going Rouge” indeed.
Have you ordered your copy of Going Rogue yet?