Fox Shill of the GOP
White House advisers said they would go on Fox despite the fact that the inner circle of the Obama administration revealed that the company:
is a GOP mouthpiece
whose programming "is geared toward making money"
The communications director for the White House said Fox operates "almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican party." Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff said, "it is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective."
In an uncharacteristically immature way, Michael Clemente, executive of Fox accused the White House of continuing to "declare war on a news organization" rather than focus on issues such as jobs and health care.
Meanwhile Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have continuously criticized President Obama. Clearly not news, but pure opinion. Even O'Reilly, who obviously has healthy respect for President Obama, has taken tough approaches on his show.
The fact that Fox has mostly shows on its channel, apparently is beyond Clemente to even acknowledge.
As to issues, a Sunday round of 5 morning news shows visited by President Obama saw the complete snub of the Fox show on Sunday. White House aides made the rounds also, discussing issues such as Afghanistan, health care and the economy. The White House blog even pointed out that Beck lied on the president when he called him a racist.
Karl Rove, former adviser to Bush Jr., now a Fox contributor, go figure, tried to put President Obama in the same league as President Nixon, saying he was treating the "news" as enemies. Obviously the fact that the White House visits all main channel and cable channel news organizations other than Fox is completely missed by Mr. Rove.
Even David Axelrod, White House senior adviser said on ABC's "This Week," that the station should not be treated as a news organization, not by the administration, nor by other legitimate news organizations. "And the bigger thing is that the other news organizations, like yours, ought not to treat them that way, and we're not going to treat them that way," he said.
News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch gloated to shareholders, that since the remarks of criticism by the White House, their ratings have increased. Which simply plays back into the argument that they are an organization out to make money.
Axelrod, "You know, I'm not concerned. Mr. Murdoch has a talent for making money, and I understand hat 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."
[portions provided by AP]
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