UPDATE: AP is out with a new article about the feud. Only change we can find is that the White House is willing to have Administration people now appear on Fox but the headline says 'White House vows to play nice with Fox News' while in the article (below) the White House continues to attack Fox.
Will someone tell us how this statement by Axelrod "It's not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming. It's really not news. It's pushing a point of view” in this article can possibly construed as 'Playing Nice with Fox News. We don't see it but what we do see is AP once again putting out a headline that doesn't match the story when it comes to this White House. Why not just say that the 'White House has agreed to allow members of the Administration to go on FNC' which is really what happened.
White House vows to play nice with Fox NewsSunday #2 finds White House senior advisors from Chicago David Axelrod and Rahm Emmanuel on the attack against Fox News. Now Axelrod is saying Fox is "not real a news station." (ABC's "This Week") Then Emmanuel follows up with Fox "is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective." (CNN's "State of the Union")
By ANN SANNER
Oct. 18, 2009, 4:47PM
WASHINGTON — White House advisers pledged on Sunday to book administration officials on Fox News despite claims by the president's inner circle that the cable network is a GOP mouthpiece whose programming “is geared toward making money.”
Last week, White House communications director Anita Dunn said Fox News operates “almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party.” On Sunday, Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's chief of staff, said, “It is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective.”
In response to the criticism, Fox News executive Michael Clemente on Sunday accused the White House of continuing to “declare war on a news organization” rather than focusing on issues such as jobs and health care.
“The door remains open and we welcome a discussion about the facts behind the issues,” Clemente, senior vice president of news, said in a written statement.
Karl Rove, a Fox News contributor and former White House adviser to President George W. Bush, said the Obama administration is trying to demonize Fox News for asking questions officials do not like. He compared Obama's approach to that of President Richard Nixon, who included journalists on an “enemies list.”
“This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list,” Rove said on Fox News Sunday. “And it's unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do.”
Still, Axelrod said administration officials would appear on the channel. He shrugged off News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch's remark to shareholders on Friday that since the White House began criticizing Fox News commentators their ratings have risen.
“You know, I'm not concerned. Mr. Murdoch has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money,” Axelrod said. “The only argument Anita was making is that they're not really a news station. ... It's not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming. It's really not news. It's pushing a point of view.”
Excerpt: Read Full Article at AP
Why? Is it because Fox News doesn't report Obama News favorably 24/7? Is that what it takes today to have a 'real' news station? This is beyond contempt for this White House to take on a news channel because you don't agree with what they are saying even though the people on Fox like Glenn Beck have sourced everything more then most of our so-called journalist today that reside along the Eastcoast from inside the beltway to NYC.
What kind of people do we have in this White House? How many radicals who believe in totalitarian government where a dictator speaks and the masses will listen are in this Administration. Van Jones who was communist quit, but how many more are in the halls of the White House and this Administration? Time will tell as more and more research is done, and we discover why this Administration wanted so many Czars instead of having appointees go through Senate Confirmation because this group of radicals would not even have made it through a Democrat dominated Senate which speaks volumes in itself.
If President Bush had spent his time mad at the media that continually attacked him, he would have been mad all the time. It is different with the thin skinned Obama who can take no criticism. If Bush had not shown his records, it would be an unrelenting chorus of the media to show his records or even make some up. Wait, that happened with CBS but to hear Dan Rather, CBS, "even if the documents are false, that the underlying story is true." He actually filed a lawsuit, took CBS to trial over these documents/report, and was ruled against once again. The internet that this White House likes to ridicule are the ones that discovered the documents were fake along with the story. Took weeks for Rather to even admit the documents may not be authentic but declares the story was true to this day after CBS disavowed him and his story.
Where is the Obama kneepad media on all of Obama's records? They didn't hesitate to go after Pres Bush but will not go against Obama unless it is really bad and some not even then. Only Fox News of the Cable News Channels has dared to report facts that show what this Administration is all about control with a host of radicals sitting in the White House as advisors. What do they (Fox News) get? Kicked in the teeth by the White House. Guess that meeting where Axelrod attempted his Chicago thug tactics with Roger Ailes didn't work because Fox is as hard hitting as ever.
Read this article about the latest attack by Axelroad and Emmanuel and then view the video of the Communications Director Dunn. After that, ask yourself why this Administration wants to SILENCE everyone who is against them? We already have hints that they want to control content of the Internet. Are they attempting to set this up as a dictatorship? At this stage who knows for sure but it is chilling to consider that they want to stop the ONLY broadcast news organization that hasn't rolled over for Obama.
Look at this video and then realize that Anita Dunn has been shown on the second video below Saying Mao Tao Tseg is one of the people she turns to (Video of Dunn on Mao discovered by Glenn Beck).
Axelrod: Fox 'not really news'
By: Mike Allen
October 18, 2009 09:22 AM EST
White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that the Fox News Channel is "not really a news station" and that much of the programming is "not really news."
"I’m not concerned," Axelrod said on ABC's "This Week" when George Stephanopoulos asked about the back-and-forth between the White House and Fox News, founded by Rupert Murdoch.
"Mr. Murdoch has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money. The only argument [White House communications director] Anita [Dunn] was making is that they’re not really a news station if you watch even — it’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming.
"It’s really not news — it’s pushing a point of view.
Excerpt: Read more at politico.com
Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director can be seen at the 4:19 mark. From Glenn Beck: "Her response to the clip? She was joking, of course, playing off some old Lee Atwater bit. The audience laughs at the juxtaposition of Mao and Mother Teresa, but the point she draws from the chairman sure does seem serious. Anyone feeling like giving her the benefit of the doubt? Me neither."
After these attacks today by Axelrod and Emmanuel against Fox News, we would agree with Glenn Beck -- we are not giving her the benefit of the doubt. Beck has a phone that she can use anytime to set the record straight but it is still silent hour after hour. This is an orchestrated effort by this Administration to marginalize Fox News but it will not work. More viewers are turning in daily to see Fox News and what they have to say.
What kind of people surround Obama? We already know we have Chicago thugs, communists, radicals, and now a WH Communications that uses Mao and Mother Teresa and now says when caught she was joking. Something about putting Mao and Mother Teresa in the same sentence bothers us. What is the point? Why bring up Mao at all? Very poor example for someone who is the White House Communications Director. They seem to love to go back to blaming a Republican -- this time Dunn blames Republican Lee Atwater who died years ago for her joking comments. Do members of this Administration ever take responsibility for their comments?
Bottom Line of all of the above is that Fox News Channel and Rupert Murdoch are in the target of the White House just like so many others. This is getting more like Nixon by the day except faster. Scary times we live in today with this Administration.