Thursday, October 22, 2009

White House v. Faux News

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 12:04 PM

You will never find me encouraging anyone to watch Faux News. Instead, I'd like to recommend a documentary entitled "Outfoxed," which shines a light on what goes on behind Faux News' cameras.

All the same, this is America: If the nuts on Faux News want to fake-cry, lie, twist the facts, make shit up -- that's their right. If even more nuts want to watch that crap, pretend like it's actual news and never seek the facts, that's their right.

Never forget, in America, you're allowed to be as uninformed as you want to be; there are no non-nonsense limits.

So, White House officials, do us a big favor and stop telling us what to watch on TV. You're ticking off the people who like you and there's a pretty good chance all you're going to accomplish in your war on Faux is to encourage people who already hate you to hate you even more.

Focus POTUS. Focus on something else like, I dunno, the public option, climate change, unemployment, the two wars you need to get us out of, and on and on and on.

Pick different battles. Drop this one.

“They’re not really a news station,” David Axelrod explained to George Stephanopoulos last Sunday. “It’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming if you watch, it’s really not news… The bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way.”

The official White House position is that the rest of the media should join Team Obama in ostracizing a news outlet that the White House doesn’t like. This raises several obvious questions:

Since when does the federal government get to make programming decisions, much less decide what is and what is not a legitimate news organization?

Where did political consultants—people who spend their lives lying to reporters—get the moral standing to make pronouncements about journalistic ethics?

When did liberals agree it was OK to use government power to muzzle opinions they don’t agree with?

And, most of all, when did the press decide to go along with all of this?

Read the rest of this "Big Fat Story" from The Daily Beast here.

Further reading: The Conservative Media Bias

White House Communications Director Anita Dunn: "Fox News is the research arm of the Republican Party."

Here's a trailer for "Outfoxed," released in 2004. Oh, one more thing: Flipflop.

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