You know, if the president really wanted to look like he’s secure in his leadership and confident of the merits of his policies, instead of regularly dispatching his minions to trash FoxNews, he’d given them a talking point like this:
In this era of multiple sources of news, we’re pleased to see them out there. They may give our critics greater voice, but, that just gives us a greater opportunity to expose the flaws in their arguments and so make a better case for our policies.
But, rather than address the various arguments made by pundits and advanced by politicians (and scholars) on FoxNews, White House senior adviser David Axelrod joined the Administration’s chorus in attacking the news network, telling George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week”:
Mr. [Rupert] Murdoch has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money. The only argument [White House communications director] Anita [Dunn] was making is that they’re not really a news station if you watch even — it’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming.
The Obama advisor said the programming of Fox is “not really news.”
“IF YOU STRIKE ME DOWN I SHALL–” Oh, hell, you know the rest. New York Times declares Fox News winner in fight with Obama.
If the Old Gray Lady declares Fox the winner, how do you think the American people, far more to the center (and right) than the Times, are reacting?
Someone’s credibility is going to take a hit, but it won’t be that of FoxNews.