Monday, October 12, 2009

Obama Administration Government Blog Criticizes Fox News

Watch if you visit the government blog, now, your ip address may be investigated and if they find out who ya are, you may receive an email...

OPINION: JOHN FUND ON THE TRAIL OCTOBER 13, 2009, 1:22 P.M. ET Fox on the Brain
White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has decided to effectively declare war on Fox News. She told CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday that the White House views the cable network as "a wing of the Republican Party. . . . [When President Obama] goes on Fox, he understands that he is not going on -- it really is not a news network at this point. He's going to debate the opposition."

White House Escalates War of Words With Fox News
Anita Dunn, White House communications director, calls Fox News a "wing of the Republican Party," after the White House began using its government blog to criticize "Fox lies."

Monday, October 12, 2009

Calling Fox News "a wing of the Republican Party," the Obama administration on Sunday escalated its war of words against the channel, even as observers questioned the wisdom of a White House war on a news organization.

"What I think is fair to say about Fox -- and certainly it's the way we view it -- is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party," said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. "They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that's fine. But let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN is."

Fox News senior vice president Michael Clemente, who likens the channel to a newspaper with separate sections on straight news and commentary, suggested White House officials were intentionally conflating opinion show hosts like Glenn Beck with news reporters like Major Garrett.

"It's astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming," Clemente said. "It seems self-serving on their part."

In recent weeks, the White House has begun using its government blog to directly attack what it called "Fox lies." David Gergen, who has worked for President Bill Clinton and three Republican presidents, questioned the propriety of the White House declaring war on a news organization.

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