Not since the Nixon Administration (and perhaps not even then) has the White House been so actively engaged in efforts to discredit the President’s critics. With all the news networks but one all but singing Mr. Obama’s praise (well, in CNN’s case, actually singing), White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and her staff have the knives out for the one that won’t buckle under:
The White House is stepping up its attacks against the Fox News Channel, labeling it a bastion of stilted and opinionated journalism. A top administration communications official has called the Fox “opinion journalism masquerading as news,” and vowed to wage a war of ideas against the network.
Speaking with Time Magazine, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said that the administration intends to be “more aggressive rather than just sit back and defend ourselves, because they will say anything. They will take any small thing and distort it.”
The White House blog has begun singling out and taking on the cable news network. Recent blog posts carry pejorative headlines such as “Fox Lies,” and “even more Fox lies.” Time calls Dunn the “general” of this anti-Fox campaign.
Remember how we were told that the president’s predecessor would brook no dissent, that he wanted to lead the nation in a fascist direction. Well, in fascist nations, they control the press. And the adversarial press (including and especially the Internets) flourished in the George W. Bush era.
And his White House didn’t step up its attacks against CBS News, MSNBC, the New York Times or the Washington Post. Currently, “more people in the all important A25-54 demographic watch. . . [FoxNews] at three in the morning (east coast time) than CNN had for the show that leads off their prime time.” The more the White House attacks, the more likely people will rally round the successful network. Its ratings will continue to increase and people will see it as an independent voice challenging a spendthrift Administration adrift.