In an incredibly chilling move, the White House tried to freeze out Fox News from interviewing Obama’s Pay Czar, while granting interviews to all the other major news organizations. As the video notes, often the White House makes a particular official available to all the groups, one after the other, but today’s event broke with that tradition.
To the credit of the other groups, they all decided to not do any interviews unless Fox was allowed to as well. The administration blinked, and the interviews, from all news groups, commenced. Before, it seemed that only Jake Tapper of ABC cared about this situation, as it was something of a big deal when he asked his question of Robert Gibbs. However, this overreach by the Obama administration finally jolted all the other groups into action. "First, they came for Fox News…" and all that sort of stuff.
This proves, beyond all doubt, that this has no real equivalence in previous administrations of either party. This is a President and his staff shutting out a major news organization, and it is absolutely wrong. First, because of general First Amendment, freedom of the press issues. Secondly, because of the double standard employed in the reasoning. If Fox News isn’t a news organization because it has a perspective, we don’t have any news organizations in this country. And as I noted before, the incredibly liberal bias is merrily ignored, belying Obama’s motivation.
Not to mention liberal media "watchdogs" like Media Matters. Instead of recognizing this for what it was, they pilloried Jake Tapper for daring to ask such a question. And of course, if you look at their front page today, you’d think that Fox News was the only TV news organization in the country. For a group that supposedly knows the media business, it’s pretty clear that what matters to them is not the media, just their (dare I say it) perspective, especially when they cheer this sort of thing on.
Again, it has nothing to do with "perspective". It has everything to do with not wanting to deal with disagreement. The Van Jones issue, the ACORN scandal, Anita Dunn fondness for Mao, and many other issues, covered by Fox and virtually ignored elsewhere, clearly shows that, while you could make a case against Fox’s "Fair and Balanced" motto, they at least provide a fair hearing to otherwise ignored stories, and they provide the balance in the extremely one-sided new coverage in this country.
And the White House is trying to silence them. When did dissent stop being patriotic and start being a club to silence the opposition? Do rank and file Democrats really think this is okey dokey?
P.S. Ironic, isn’t it, that Obama says he is willing to talk to our enemies with no preconditions, but goes to war with a media organization that is challenging him (which is arguable what all media organizations are supposed to be doing, the whole 4th Estate thing). Good thing he’s already been given the "peace" prize.