A very reliable source tells FishbowlDC that Fox News SVP Michael Clemente met with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this morning and reached what some are calling a “truce.”
Clemente then met with the FNC Washington bureau and encouraged staff to remain “fair and balanced.”
WH spox Robert Fibbs, er, Gibbs has probably (or will probably) spin this as a “positive development” but in reality I believe this had more to do with Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett making a complete joke out of herself on CNN last night in an interview with Campbell Brown in which she 1) backtracked on suggesting Fox News was biased, 2) wouldn’t say whether or not she believed MSDNC was biased, and 3) laughably proclaimed that what the WH was doing in waging war with Fox News was, get this, “speaking truth to power”:
A White House aide on Tuesday quickly backtracked on her charge that Fox News was biased after a reporter asked her whether she believed MSNBC was similarly skewed.
“Of course they’re biased,” Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said about Fox’s coverage, adding that the administration was going to “call them on the carpet” for “all of the distortions.” But when CNN’s Campbell Brown pressed Jarrett to say if MSNBC’s reportage also possessed a political slant, Jarrett revised her original reply: “Actually, I don’t want to just generalize all FOX is biased or that another station is biased.” [Surprise! – ST]
But Jarrett dismissed [the premise that the WH was trying to stamp out dissent] during her interview. She explained the administration was instead committed to correcting the many inaccuracies pervading national debates over such landmark issues as healthcare reform — an effort, she added, that is not exclusively targeted at Fox.
“I think that what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power,” Jarrett said. “When we saw all of the distortions in the course of the summer, when people were coming down to town hall meetings and putting up signs that were scaring seniors to death, when we have seen commercials go up on television that are distorting the truth, we’re actually calling everybody out.”
Watch the video here.
Not snickering yet? You will be after you read Toby Harnden’s spot-on take of Jarrett’s remarks:
In the middle of all this patent nonsense, Jarrett blurted out the truly bizarre notion that “what the administration has said very clearly is that we’re going to speak truth to power”. Poor plucky little Barack Obama, United States commander-in-chief and leader of the Free World taking on Goliath. They may still act as if the election campaign is still on but it might be a good idea for Jarrett and Co to reflect that they are power.
As David Zurawik notes: “such a phrase from our collective past that has real resonance because it was once loaded with such intergrity, moral authority and wisdom when first uttered, is cheapened when used in such a blantantly and inappropriate political context”.
Having been comprehensively skewered by Brown, Jarrett looked mightily relieved to be able retreat onto safer ground, such as “how cool is this, to be here with all these terrific women?” at the Women’s Conference in California.
It was such a train wreck of an interview for Jarrett that I’d hazard a guess we might be seeing a little less of her on our screens. Remember, she was the person that Team Obama favoured as the new appointed (i.e. unelected) Senator for Illinois. That was, of course, because she would have been the very best person for the job and nothing to do with the fact that she a long-time Obama family friend.
For much more on who Valerie Jarrett is – beyond what most in the MSM will tell you – read this post Michelle Malkin wrote about her back in July, plus more troubling information here via Director Blue. Must-read stuff.
Oh – and a show of hands on how many believe the war of words the WH has waged against Fox is over now that the so-called “truce” is in place?
I didn’t think so.
Related: ST reader Dana Pico asks a good question: What did Fox give up?
Vidal’s ultra-leftist credentials speak for themselves. So do his repulsive remarks about the ‘conspiracy’ against child rapist Roman Polanski (from an interview Atlantic magazine did with him recently):
Atlantic: In September, director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland for leaving the U.S. in 1978 before being sentenced to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house in Hollywood. During the time of the original incident, you were working in the industry, and you and Polanski had a common friend in theater critic and producer Kenneth Tynan. So what’s your take on Polanski, this many years later?
Vidal: I really don’t give a f**k. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of?
Atlantic: I’ve certainly never heard that take on the story before.
Vidal: First, I was in the middle of all that. Back then, we all were. Everybody knew everybody else. There was a totally different story at the time that doesn’t resemble anything that we’re now being told.
Atlantic: What do you mean?
Vidal: The media can’t get anything straight. Plus, there’s usually an anti-Semitic and anti-f*g thing going on with the press – lots of crazy things. The idea that this girl was in her communion dress, a little angel all in white, being raped by this awful Jew, Polacko – that’s what people were calling him – well, the story is totally different now from what it was then.
He provides no evidence, of couse, probably because he’s full of you-know-what.
Joining Vidal in this week’s Hall of Shameless is the Atlantic Magazine itself for implying it agreed with Vidal’s opinion that anti-Semitism was and is behind all criticism and condemnation of Polanski. Read the rest of the “interview” and you’ll see what I mean.
Jim Nolte at Big Hollywood responds to Vidal’s bile:
Oh, it’s because Polanski’s Jewish… Now it all makes sense. We should’ve been looking at his being a Jew not his confession or his drugging and sodomizing a 13 year-old girl who obviously had it coming because she wasn’t wearing a communion dress.
Naturally Vidal will face no real outrage or consequence for describing a 13 year-old rape victim as a “hooker.”
He’s a Leftist.
But in the event that any significant degree of outrage were generated against him, we know exactly who’d be coming to his defense: The same types of nitwits who apparently think sexualizing young girls and boys is perfectly normal. The same types of nitwits who, four months after pledging to be a “servant” to President Obama, were told by him during a swanky fundraiser in Beverly Hills, “If it weren’t for you we would not be in the White House.”
And the beat goes on.
It’s amazing what passes for “entertainment” these days.
And this is supposed to represent how “far” we’ve “progressed” in this country?
Disgusting. They better be glad they didn’t do it to the “prophet Mohammed.” They’d never hear the end of it, have to apologize endlessly, and would probably have to go into hiding out of fear for their safety.
Just goes to show that it’s not just DC politicos who can, as Obama put it so eloquently over the summer, get “wee-wee’d up” from time to time.