There is something both petty and pathetic in watching the White House going on the warpath against FoxNews, with White House communications director Anita Dunn calling the network “a wing of the Republican Party“. And this isn’t the first time she’s whined about FoxNews. Even the President has joined in the attacks.
Guess they’re upset they’re not getting the same fawning treatment from Fox they got from the rest of the news media.* And it does seem a strange use of the White House Communications Director’s time to lead an attack on a news network. I mean, I thought her job was to communicate the President’s message, not malign independent messengers.
But, then, maybe this White House does seem to need an enemy to vilify. You know how Obama did so well by running against Bush. (Hey, it does seem to have worked, he won election and even won a Nobel Peace Prize for not being that much maligned Texas Republican.)
I mean, by any normal stretch on the imagination, the White House’s assault is counterproductive and without merit. The treatment Obama gets from FoxNews is no worse, if not slightly better (indeed, I would say, in some cases, significantly better) than his predecessor got from the other networks. And then there’s that veneration he receives from the rest of the news media.
(Not just that, of the three major news network, FoxNews provided the most balanced coverage of last fall’s Presidential election and had the politically most diverse audience.)
Seems the President is quite “thin-skinned” and really just doesn’t like criticism. Even leftists have taken notice. Michael Barone points out that John Nichols of the left-wing Nation called the President the “Whiner-in-Chief.” A newspaper bloggers who voted against Nixon in 1972. thinks “President Obama is positively Nixonian in its repeated, juvenile and dangerous in its personal attacks on critics.”
I wonder if the incumbent is wrestling with inner demons similar to those with whom Nixon wrestled. Both seem to have a need to attack adversaries. Maybe it’s not psychological, but just part of a campaign governing political strategy.
*Given the fawning treatment the President has received from the news media, Jennifer Rubin finds the Administration’s whining “comical”:
No candidate and no administration has gotten such glowing treatment from the media. You would think they’d look at the big picture and be content that much of their work — ignoring uncomfortable story lines, vilifying the opposition, editing out the “uhs” and “ums” from speeches, and casting news in the most Obama-favorable light possible — is done for them. But no, they find the one TV cable network that sees its role as entirely independent of the Obama agenda to be such an irritant and so offensive that they must grouse about the speck of tough coverage in an ocean of fluff.