By Emily Geiger
Okay, at first I thought the whole Obama White House vs. Fox News was just some childish politicos being, well, childish.
But, the more I think about it, the more troubling it becomes.
Think back to earlier this year when veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas spoke out against the Obama media machine. She talked about Obama’s efforts to actually control the media.
Thomas exposed a situation in which the White House had given a Huffington Post blogger a list of questions he could ask in exchange for allowing him into the press conferences.
She also expressed her distaste of a situation in which the White House was planting questions at town hall meetings.
Then, we got the opening skirmish in the battle between the White House and Fox News. We’ve got White House Communications Director Anita Dunn saying that Fox News is an “arm of the Republican Party.”
That was quickly followed by Rahm Emanuel saying, “[Fox News] is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective,” and David Axelrod encouraging other news organization to ostracize Fox News. This could include excluding Fox from pooled media footage, which would put even further distance between Fox and the President.
Now, we’ve actually got the White House bragging about how they manipulated media coverage during the campaign.
The arrogance of all of this is astounding. The President of the United States is actively having his minions discredit and attempt to silence his critics. So much for his oath to uphold this constitution (which, in case he’s forgotten, does include a right to a free press).
Only the “cooperative” networks that air the requisite amount positive Obama stories are allowed access to the almighty Obama.
This is scary. What kind of governments and leaders exert that kind of control over the media?
Only the bad ones. The really bad ones.
I’m having scary flashbacks to high school history class.
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