So, no more “speaking truth to power”? Fox and WH reach “truce”

Posted by: ST on October 28, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Ahem (via Raw Story):

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?

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10 Responses to “So, no more “speaking truth to power”? Fox and WH reach “truce””


  1. Anthony says:

    One of the better chapters in Malkin’s “Culture of Corruption” is the one on Jarrett. Not only was she Michelle O’s patron on the way up the Chicago Way ladder, but she’s also a slum-lord. What a charming person to have as a key adviser to the President.

  2. Thanks for the link — which I admit, I begged fished for! :)

  3. LC Gregory says:

    She would have been a much more successful slumlord (MUCH more) if Chicago had gotten the Olympics.

    But no, ST, I’m NOT snickering, actually – I’m full-throated laughing out loud! ;)

  4. Carol says:

    I will be totally shocked and disgusted if Fox caves, but if they do, it will be because of serious threats by Obama and his thug friends. I guess the Chicago Machine is alive and well!

    I will stop watching them if they cave

  5. proof says:

    If only the Ditherer-in-Chief were as quick to take action in real wars!

  6. Lorica says:

    But Jarrett dismissed [the premise that the WH was trying to stamp out dissent] during her interview.

    Jarrett is such a bad liar. This is exactly what it is all about. Just ask Alice Palmer. He got rid of her due to a technicality, and thus ran un-opposed for the IL state Senate.

    In all honesty tho, this is what I expect whenever Democrats are elected to this high position. This attitude is the reason we can still make fun of Hillary and her “Vast Right Wing Conspiracy” comment. It is divide and conquer politics, and nothing has changed since 1992 when Washington DC became the most polarizing force in this country. I just can’t believe that we have another 3 years and 3 months of this crap. Talk about a man who is behaving like he does not believe he is going to have a 2nd term and I will point to Barack Obama. – Lorica

  7. Bill says:

    The problem is that Obama was not qualified to be President because he had no real experience in politics. So he comes to Washington, and knowing he doesn’t have a clue about how to get things done, tries to surround himself with all his groupies, who he thinks know how to get things done. Unfortunately, all his groupies, like Jarrett, are just as clueless as he is. I mean just listening to their conspiracy theories every time someone criticizes one of their plans or ideas is just embarrassing. They can’t even explain or defend their positions so they instead attack those who question them about their plans or ideas (they’re racists or the reporting is unfair or the Republicans are launching a big conspiracy against them).

    I’m afraid we are going to be subjected to this petty, silly dribble coming out of the WH for another 3 years. But I have no doubt in my mind Obama is going to be a one term President because of all of it.

    Not only are most Americans not socialists as Obama believes but they expect the leader of the most powerful country in the world to behave with more class and dignity than that being shown.

  8. Carlos says:

    “Valerie Jarrett, a product of Chicago’s Daley machine, couldn’t manage a housing complex with millions in taxpayer funds. But I’m sure she could manage, say, an overhaul of the $3 trillion health care industry. What could possibly go wrong?”

    Why stop at Jarrett? Every stinking one of his appointees (whether confirmed by the Senate or not) has a similar ability to confront problems, blame someone else for their own failures, and walk away monetarily richer for it. And, almost without exception, they are socialists.

  9. Kate says:

    Amazing how they use the redistribution of wealth to their favor, isn’t it?

    Lack of leadership, no vision for the nation, no idea of what security is….just a few of the DUH-1 shortcoming list….but, they nevertheless beat the “Bush caused this problem” drum over and over again. When is he actually going to act like the leader of the free world and make some major decisions? Not until he is absolutely sure he won’t get pinned with blame. Oh, and how does a leader not accept responsibility? Watch as DUH-1 demonstrates the awesome ability to shrug it off….I pray for a single term for this guy….how can ANYONE not see that he is an empty suit.