More Obama administration threats – Networks. Must. Drink. Kool Aid.

Just one year ago, could you envision the Executive Branch of the United States government actively going out and telling major news networks they better not do what Fox News is doing or you’ll regret it? What is the Obama administration going to do? Pull a Hugo Chavez and shut them down by edict?

Don’t be surprised if they do try to emulate what’s been going on in Venezuela. The next big thing will be the use of the phrase “media crimes.” Even though a crime has not happened, the administration will infer that a “crime” is being perpetrated against the American people because of Fox News’ misinformation.

Hogwash. I think it will backfire, but again could you envision this happening one year ago? We’ve got more video below the Fox News quote!

More from Fox News

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN that President Obama does not want “the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox.”

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is “not a news organization.”

“Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way,” Axelrod counseled ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “We’re not going to treat them that way.”

By urging other news outlets to side with the administration, Obama aides officials dramatically upped the ante in the war of words that began earlier this month, when White House communications director Anita Dunn branded Fox “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”

The White House stopped providing guests to ‘Fox News Sunday’ after Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in August. Dunn said fact-checking an administration official was “something I’ve never seen a Sunday show do.”

“She criticized ‘FOX News Sunday’ last week for fact-checking — fact-checking — an administration official,” Wallace said Sunday. “They didn’t say that our fact-checking was wrong. They just said that we had dared to fact-check.”

“Let’s fact-check Anita Dunn, because last Sunday she said that Fox ignores Republican scandals, and she specifically mentioned the scandal involving Nevada senator John Ensign,” Wallace added. “A number of Fox News shows have run stories about Senator Ensign. Anita Dunn’s facts were just plain wrong.”

Bonus video!

Here we have Karl Rove and Mike Huckabee referring to the Nixonian enemies list…

More from Rove…

8 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Well, now we know what was really in that little book that Hugo Chavez passed to Obama at the Summit of the Americas: a how-to guide to starting your own banana republic.

     

    Noam Chomsky (yes, that Noam Chomsky!) once said "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media."

     

    Little did he know he would be talking about them rolling over for someone on HIS side…

  2. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    Just a note on FOX programming: Glenn Beck had an absolutely fascinating hour long discussion with about 40 (real) doctors and medical students about the proposed health care/insurance "reform" proposals.  It had both pros and cons from the people (the doctors anyway) that would be directly affected by the legislation.  It is absolutely worth seeing if you can find it on YouTube or they run it again.

     

    Now, have you seen that on any of the "approved" media outlets?

  3. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    This war against Foxnews will end up backfiring on President Obama because Foxnews will attract more viewers in the long run.

  4. Jeff S
    Jeff S says:

    So lets get this straight, Axelrod is complaining that Foxnews is an opinion network that doesn't cover the news to George Stephanopolous, a former Clinton hack, who apparently has regular weekly conversations with Rhambo "Dead Fish" Emanuel.   And  the Democrats were calling Bush "King George", what do we call Obama.  Chairman Obama?

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