Barack Obama’s “Lost in Smallness” continues …
The Presidency of the United States is the single greatest bully pulpit in the world. The President of the United States is the most powerful man in the world and the “leader” of the free world. or at least that is what it used to be. Why is it that Obama continues to diminish the role of the presidency and plays childish games with Fox News?
It is a very dangerous slippery slope when a government tries to dictate and control the “Freedom of the Press”. It’s only a question of time before the shoe is on the other foot, then what? Will the LEFT be outraged then? Without a “free press” you have nothing more than propaganda.
For some reason the Obama Administration is lost in smallness. Fox News may be a giant in the cable news industry, but in the grand scope of things they are really not that significant. Who is their right mind as the big boy on the block takes on the smaller individual in a no win situation? Talks about a lose-lose. These are not the acts of the President of the United States, they are the actions of a community organizer. So then why does Barack Obama and his administration continue to play these dangerous and childish games with Fox News calling “Fox News a wing of the Republican Party?” To the LEFT I would dare say that you Obamamessiah is acting a bit Nixonian.
Is it possible that FOX News represents a greater threat to Obama and liberals than they will ever admit to? Why are you so afraid of one news outlet, when the rest are in your back pocket?
Calling Fox News “a wing of the Republican Party,” the Obama administration on Sunday escalated its war of words against the channel, even as observers questioned the wisdom of a White House war on a news organization.
“What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director, on CNN. “They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”
However, whether you are FOX News or any media outlet in the center or LEFT you should be extremely concerned. Since when has a White House ever tried to punish the media and shut them out if they do not toe the Obama line? The answer to our good friends on the LEFT is Nixon.
“It’s a very risky strategy. It’s not one that I would advocate,” Gergen said on CNN. “If you’re going to get very personal against the media, you’re going to find that the animosities are just going to deepen. And you’re going to find that you sort of almost draw viewers and readers to the people you’re attacking. You build them up in some ways, you give them stature.”
He added: “The press always has the last barrel of ink.”
Gergen’s sentiments were echoed by Tony Blankley, who once served as press secretary to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
“Going after a news organization, in my experience, is always a loser,” Blankley said on CNN. “They have a big audience. And Fox has an audience of not just conservatives — they’ve got liberals and moderates who watch too. They’ve got Obama supporters who are watching. So it’s a temptation for a politician, but it needs to be resisted.”
On Monday, FNC’s Neil Cavuto answered Dunn, and did so in a fashion that should make all those opposing the Obama administration’s position on this matter quite pleased.
In fact, I can’t wait to see how the astoundingly thin-skinned White House will respond to this (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, h/t Story Balloon):