The White House's public war against Fox News
, launched from the White House blog and briefing room podium, is growing less and less popular
with pundits. At first, Fox News had Jacob
for fellow journalists to boycott the network. But now the White House has drawn fire from ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper
, liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus
, liberal Mother Jones writer David Corn
and nonpartisan Atlantic analyst Matthew Cooper
How did this happen? Allahpundit, a conservative, sometimes contrarian, and always pseudonymous blogger led the charge in today's reversal of opinion. The White House
war against Fox News, he says, is all about controlling what stories
are legitimate, and the rest of the media is in on it.
The real reason the White House is attacking Fox News: Containment. This seems so obviously correct that I feel embarrassed for not having figured it out sooner.
The irony of this story, though, is that the press was already
happy to quarantine “wingnut” stories emanating from Fox, be it Van
Jones or ACORN or the White House trying to politicize the NEA.
The White House must be panicking at the thought that the “legitimate”
media will only ignore these stories for so long before the lure of
bigger, Foxier ratings finally proves too much. Ideological solidarity
only goes so far; as Axelrod himself acknowledged about FNC, ultimately
the news nets are in business to make money. So here he and Emanuel
are, leaning on them not only to ignore Fox but to ignore stories that Fox covers, as if the underlying facts
are somehow tainted by association (“Let’s make sure that we keep
perspective on what are the most important stories”). Creepy.
Allahpundit has made this argument for weeks--long before the White
House made its anti-Fox mission clear, and certainly before liberals ran to the network's defense. The blogger noted his earlier coverage
of White House aggression towards Fox News during the
conservative campaign against White House "green czar" Van Jones.
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