The Latest Chapter In The Obama Administration's Ridiculous War With Fox News

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on November 6, 2009

Yeah, I can’t believe the White House obsesses over this issue either:

At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.

Political consultants are a staple of cable television talk shows, analyzing current events based on their own experiences working on campaigns or in government.

One Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the show again. The call had an intimidating tone, he said.

The message was, “We better not see you on again,” said the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to run afoul of the White House. An implicit suggestion, he said, was that “clients might stop using you if you continue.”

I don’t know what is more absurd, the Administration’s fanaticism and monomania concerning this matter, or the fact that its behavior is so self-defeating. One of my main gripes concerning Republicans and conservatives is that for all of their complaints concerning National Public Radio and its bias, they refuse to go on NPR as much as they could in order to combat that bias, and advance a center-right viewpoint. It seems that the Democrats are making the same mistake concerning Fox. Amazingly enough, they are not giving the network–which isn’t going anywhere, after all–a chance to offer more Democratic viewpoints by encouraging more Democrats to go on Fox. If this isn’t cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face, I don’t know what is.

If the Administration and the Democratic party were smart, it would try to flood Fox’s zone with Democrats to advance the Administration’s point of view. This would seem to be the best way to combat any bias. But apparently, the Administration thinks that it is better to destroy Fox than it is to turn it.

As such, of course, it will neither destroy, nor turn it.

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