The Obama administration has finally found a war they like. Not the war in Iraq – the “bad” war – and not the war in Afghanistan, the “good” war, but war against an American television network, the Fox News Channel.
The open assault on Fox News began when White House Communications Director Anita Dunn accused the network of being a “wing of the Republican Party.”
On yesterday’s Sunday talk shows, Obama administration officials piled on. Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” senior Obama adviser David Axelrod said Fox News shouldn’t be treated as a news organization. “And the bigger thing is that other news organizations, like yours, ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way,” he said.
“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,” Anita Dunn said 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.”
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel also took time on Sunday to criticize Fox News, saying they are “not a news organization, so much as it has a perspective, and that’s a different take. And more importantly, it’s important not to have the CNN’s and the others of the world being led and following Fox, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organization,” Emanuel said.
Isn’t CNN the “responsible and legitimate news organization” that fact-checks comedy skits?