Obama Banned Fox News!!

25 10 2009

Obama

I’ve been trained as an academic and scholar to be very chary. Even when pressed about a subject within my scholarly expertise, I am loathe to make predictions.

Last Monday, Oct. 19, however, I stuck my neck out when I ended a post “We Control the News!” with this prediction:

Before long, Fox reporters will be barred from White House news briefings.

Two days later, on Oct. 22, it did happen! The White House banned Fox News from the press pool, which no administration had ever attempted in U.S. history.

Fortunately, the other networks objected and told the White House that if Fox was banned, they would no longer participate. And so, the Obama administration backed off.

Friends! Obama really is as dangerous as the most paranoic among us fear.

~Eowyn

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UNPRECEDENTED: WHITE HOUSE TRIES TO BAN FOX FROM PRESS POOL

Oct 22, 2009 – http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2009/10/obama-administration-tries-to-ban-fox.html

Today the White House stepped up its attack on Fox News, announcing that the network would no longer be able to conduct interviews with officials as a member of the Press Pool. The Pool is a five-member group consisting of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC organized by the White House Correspondents Association. Its membership is not subject to oversight by the government.

Before an interview with “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg, the administration announced that Fox News would be banned from the press pool. This marks the first time in history that an administration had attempted to ban an entire network from the press pool.

To their credit, the other networks objected. They told the White House that if Fox were banned, none of the other networks would participate. The White House relented, but in an apparent act of petulant retaliation, it restricted each network to a two-minute interview instead of the standard five.

Interestingly, this behavior completely contradicts an opinion rendered Tuesday by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs when questioned by ABC’s Jake Tapper.

Gibbs: We render opinion based on some their coverage and the fairness of that coverage.

Tapper: That’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they’re not a news organization. How are they different from, say another, say ABC, MSNBC, Univision?

Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight or five this afternoon.

Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programs. Or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying that thousands of individuals who work for a media organization do not work for a news organization. Why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

Gibbs: That is our opinion.

Carol E. Lee, Politico: Does that mean the White House doesn’t believe they should be part of the press pool?

Gibbs: The press pool is decide by the White House Correspondents Association.

Lee: So you have no opinion on whether they should be …

Gibbs: I’m not going to delineate for the White House Correspondents Association how the pool is conducted. That’s not my job.

So the administration contradicted itself within 48 hours. That’s about twice as long as normal.

Perhaps the White House will next try to pull Fox News’ press pass.

That would be entirely consistent with the Hugo Chavez-style of government that President Axelrod and his advisers are trying to install.

I’m patiently waiting for the ACLU to stand up for freedom of the press and complain to President Obama about quashing Fox’s First Amendment rights.

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16 responses

25 10 2009
giovanniworld

The White House is too stupid to even realize that they are fighting a losing battle. The press may be on his (BHO) side (with very few exceptions), but it seems as if a ‘Free Press’ may still be something our MSM may fight for.

Gio-

25 10 2009
jocaasbe

This blatant attempt at omitting FOX from the pool seems to back firing on the Obama regime. I heard today that FOX’s rating are up by some 20% since the attacks by the administration began. You gotta love that!
Dave

25 10 2009
giovanniworld

I get a big smirk on my face whenever I hear that!

Gio-

26 10 2009
Steve

jocaasbe, made it to your site. Pretty cool. Thanks……….Steve

26 10 2009
DCG

Fox had the top 13 programs. I’d say Alinksky’s rules backfired big time here for The Traitor…

http://images.mediaite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/October-09-LIVE+SD-P2+-Program-ranker.pdf

25 10 2009
Tom in NC

This reeks of dictator style (ala Hugo Chavez) politics, Obama trying to control any media that does not suck up to him. Fortunately (for now anyway) the MSM still considers the Constitution relevant, unlike the Obama administration and Congress.

26 10 2009
Steve

Let me ask a question. Is this Admin either that stupid, or that arrogant, or worse still, is this part of a grander plan?

26 10 2009
Tom in NC

I choose arrogant AND part of a grander plan, I would bet the farm on it.

26 10 2009
Eowyn

I choose not just arrogant, but GRANDIOSITY, and part of a comprehensive sinister plan.

For me, Obama’s foiled attempt to ban Fox network from the White House press pool is the “being caught with the red hand” evidence. I now have no doubt whatsoever.

26 10 2009
Steve

Tom, Yeah that’s how I sorta see it. I mean no one could be that inept. If you look at every move it looks really dumb politically, but as you say with a bigger plan being the goal they could care less about governing and thus can be so Arrogant………..frightening………and makes my blood boil. I don’t know who’s more pissed off you or me…LOL……Hope we end up in the same foxhole, cause we gonna wreak some havoc and put a hurtin on someone….. 😉

26 10 2009
Tom in NC

As long as it’s a foxhole with a clear line of sight to the enemy, I would welcome your company

26 10 2009
Eowyn

Guys,

Room for one more in your foxhole?

26 10 2009
Steve

Tom and I to would welcome your joining us……..we need to shovel out a little more though……have to make room for our Warrior leader Eowyn. Of course Eowyn you will be with us. I’d be proud to be with you 2. Some how though I think we’re gonna need a pretty big hole for all our regulars here………..just think of the barrage we could unleash when I’m not bird watching of course,….LOL…. 😉

26 10 2009
Gary

http://www.lastingliberty.com has a good article about this today: “Fox News Obama’s Only Friend”. The author makes a great point.

26 10 2009
giovanniworld

Thanks Gary!

Gio-

26 10 2009
DCG

I’d say that author nails it. Unfortunately, The Traitor has had “yes” men around him all his life. Now he’s got the Soros and Chicago machines behind him lock and barrel and they are too blind to any truths, just their ideals.

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