Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The White House’s Fascination with Fox News

In recent weeks, the Obama White House has seemingly begun a crusade against Fox News Channel. The firestorm began when White House communications director Anita Dunn made an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources”. She said “ [Fox is] widely viewed as a part of the Republican Party: take their talking points and put them on the air, take their opposition research and put it on the air. And that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is”.

This sparked major controversy among many of the news anchors, specifically Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, who recently was snubbed by the Obama administration when the president appeared on all major Sunday shows, but failed to appear on Fox News Sunday.

For the White House to declare that a news network is not a news network is unprecedented. Of course there is going to be friction between any White House and the press, but to publicly single out one network for their reporting is unnecessary and uncalled for.

This begs the question, why is the White House so concerned with Fox News? A favorite tactic among liberals, the White House is attempting to marginalize Fox News in order to undermine any legitimate news stories that come out against the administration. While it is a valiant attempt by all those involved, from Anita Dunn to David Axelrod, it appears the attempt has been in vain. As cited by the Huffington Post, not exactly a conservative news outlet, Fox News has dominated the cable news rating since Obama has taken office.

The statistics do not lie. Though the White House might try to convince themselves that Fox News is just a phony news organization made up of fringe ideologues, they are utterly mistaken.

Of course, the White House is having some self-image problems. With no major accomplishments nine months into his term, Obama must look to shift attention off of his own shortcomings in hope of gaining back public approval, which has fallen drastically over the last few months.

So the blame game begins, but is it hurting Americans? The healthcare debate rages on, the unemployment rate is approaching 10%, and the war in Afghanistan is in dire need of attention. Does the average American really care about the childish game the White House is playing with Fox News? I don’t think so.

So I offer you a sincere request Mr. President. Fulfill your promise of “change” and transcend partisan politics. Focus on the interests of the nation rather than your own political interests. It will be better for you and will surely be better for the country.

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-- Written by Freshman CR Tommy Loduca, member of the CR Public Relations Committee

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