No, the WH war on Fox News is not over

Posted by: ST on November 6, 2009 at 4:03 pm

The Chi-Trib’s Swamp blog reports on something many of us predicted at the time of the so-called “truce” made between Fox News and the Obama admin: That it was a TINO (Truce In Name Only). Peter Nicholas writes (via Memeorandum):

At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.

Political consultants are a staple of cable television talk shows, analyzing current events based on their own experiences working on campaigns or in government.

One Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the show again. The call had an intimidating tone, he said.

The message was, “We better not see you on again,” said the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to run afoul of the White House. An implicit suggestion, he said, was that “clients might stop using you if you continue.”

In urging Democratic consultants to spurn Fox, White House officials might be trying to isolate the network and make it appear more partisan.

Threats? Bullying? Trying to isolate your opponent? It’s all part of the Chicago-On-Potomac/Saul Alinsky Way, baby.

One Dem strategist interviewed by Nicholas says he knows it’s happened to other liberal strategists and his sentiment about it is right on:

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said Thursday night that she had checked with colleagues who “deal with TV issues” and they had not told people to avoid Fox. On the contrary, they had urged people to appear on the network, Dunn wrote in an email.

But Patrick Caddell, a Fox News contributor and a former pollster for Democratic President Jimmy Carter, said he has spoken to Democratic consultants who have been told by the White House to avoid appearances on Fox. He declined to give their names.

Caddell said he had not gotten that message himself from the White House. “They know better than to tell me anything like that,” he said.

Caddell added: “I have heard that they’ve done that to others in not too subtle ways. I find it appalling. When the White House gets in the business of suppressing dissent and comment, particularly from its own party, it hurts itself.”

And this country, too.

McQ responds:

I’m not sure how anyone can be surprised by such tactics. No one is surprised when a jackal acts like a jackal are they? Then why should anyone be surprised when an Alinsky trained Chicago politician acts like an Alinsky trained Chicago politician?

Would now be a good time to ask how the left would be reacting had such a concerted effort against any left wing MSM outlet taken place by the Bush administration? And perhaps more importantly, can we question their patriotism yet? :-?

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8 Responses to “No, the WH war on Fox News is not over”


  1. NC Cop says:

    Gosh, these open minded and tolerant liberals never cease to amaze me!!

  2. Dana says:

    If “at least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel,” wouldn’t that mean that the White House was making an effort to keep Fox from showing whatever balance it can?

  3. CZ says:

    Your link to Chicago on the Potomac was written by John Kass. If you want to study “The Chicago Way” Kass is the man. He occupies the ChiTrib column space that once belonged to Mile Royko, another expert on Chicago democrats, union bosses and outfit types (the Chicago triangle). I have been fascinated by reading those two for decades learning how the democrat machine works. Even more fascinating is how the Dick Daily’s held onto their power when all that is corrupt about them is laid out in black and white for all to read.

    The Chicago motto is “Urbus en Horto” (city in a garden). Royko suggested changing it to “Ubi est Mea?” (Where’s Mine?)


  4. Rovin says:

    And perhaps more importantly, can we question their patriotism yet?

    Ouch Sis…..certainly you’re not asserting these lovers of the 1st amendment are all hypocrites?

  5. Carlos says:

    I would hope that, after the next presidential election (if we are allowed to have one by then) the fact that you were boxed out by this administration will be a new “badge of courage”.

    I would also hope that in keeping with their own meme of “openmindedness” they will at last catch on to why Duh-1 thinks they are “traitors to the cause”. Journalism is about reporting what is, not the flightful fantasies of idealistic pukes who never grew up.

  6. Jo says:

    What does it take for the Obama Kool Aid drinkers to wake up? Intimidation, the world apology tour, the Robin Hood (emphasis on Robin as in ‘robbing’) Socialistic bills being forced through, back room wheeling and dealing, meeting clandestinely with liberal media and shutting out the opposition voice not only of Conservative media but citizens who take time away from work and family to travel to the nation’s Capitol to speak out against it all. I ask again: Is there any hope?

  7. forest hunter says:

    Swine flu, Donkey flu and BDS still reigns as the supreme illness. Who’da thunk’it?

    I was gonna add a yellow dude, but the one that’s apropo isn’t listed.