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White House Moves to Increase FoxNews’ Ratings

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.

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  1. The dictionary definition:

    fas·cism noun

    dictatorial movement: any movement, ideology, or attitude that favors dictatorial government, centralized control of private enterprise, repression of all opposition, and extreme nationalism

    So lets break that down,

    Does Obama favor dictatorial government? Well, he wants to tell us what light bulbs we can buy, how much we can make, what cars we can drive, what our health insurance must cover, how we can get it, and on and on….

    Does he favor centralized control of private enterprise? Well, in just 9 months he has nationalized the banking industry, the finance industry, the student loan industry, the auto industry, and is currently trying to nationalize the healthcare industry, and has his sights on the energy industry and AM radio next!

    Does he try to repress opposition? Lets see, as a candidate he threatened to SUE PACs that criticized him, threatened to sue people who gave money to those PACs that criticized him, threatened to sue radio and TV stations that played ads critical of him and formed a “Truth (goon) squad” just to intimidate those who would criticize him…. Now that he is president, once it became clear that Americans were deeply opposed to the Orwellian-named “fairness” doctrine, he dumped that idea and began work on “local control” laws which is just another means to the same fascist end.

    and finally, extreme nationalism.

    Well, Obama definitely isn’t a nationalist. He loathes America and everything it stands for.

    But nationalism isnt central to Fascism, it is only the rallying cry. If you replace “extreme nationalism” with “extreme environmentalism” then you have Obama pegged.

    Which all makes sense when you look back at history and see how much the American left admired and appreciated Hitler and Mussolini at first.

    And it makes even more sense when you consider the driving force behind the left…. that they want government to take care of them. They have no problem with dictators, they just want BENEVOLENT dictators.

    Comment by American Elephant — October 9, 2009 @ 3:40 am - October 9, 2009

  2. they just want BENEVOLENT dictators.

    And they’ll redefine benevolent to suit them.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 9, 2009 @ 4:42 am - October 9, 2009

  3. Congratulations to FOX NEWS. They must be doing there job.

    Comment by PatriotMom — October 9, 2009 @ 6:39 am - October 9, 2009

  4. This blog has a fair number of lefty readers, so I’d address this to you folks: can you recall a single instance of the previous administration calling out (or freezing out) a news source?

    This isn’t snark BTW. They might have and I just didn’t catch it. But, Bush sent a representative to the Jacobins at “Democracy Now!” for Pete’s sake!

    Dimly, I recall a letter to CBS by Rove after they first aired the 2004 National Guard story. The one that got Rather fired. Five minutes of fruitless Googling turned up nothing. As I recall, it was a sternly worded attempt to shame them into doing their jobs properly. It goes without saying that Rove was proven correct.

    (Partisan aside, I was furious that CBS wasn’t “cut off” at the time. But, Rove’s letter was the end and, in retrospect, that was the correct decision.)

    So, Obama supporters: is this move as unprecedented as it appears?

    Best wishes,
    -MFS

    Comment by MFS — October 9, 2009 @ 9:02 am - October 9, 2009

  5. Lefties are so predictable. I recall a lot of the anti Americanism during the Bush years being called “speaking truth to power”. Now we’re all suppose to be silent trolls, who just roll over because of the Obama power to stun and mute. The Nobel Prize is just another funny example of leftist blather that requires no real accomplishments just talk and feel goodedniss.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — October 9, 2009 @ 11:32 am - October 9, 2009

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