Picking a Fight With the Biggest Dude in the Bar is Never a Good Idea

It’s been attributed to both Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde but, regardless of its source, the old adage “never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel” certainly holds true with regard to the current scuffle between the White House and the Fox News Channel, the latter being the only real critic of the former’s policies and proposals during the first year of the Obama administration.

Fox News Channel’s own Glenn Beck, who many on the left would say hastened the popular network’s slide to the right, has gone the slippery slope route and gone so far to argue that the White House attacks on Fox News is how brutal dictators and dictatorships get their start. Some, of course, call him crazy. I call him prescient.

A few weeks ago, after all, there was a reason I suggested that everyone consider this video–a Fox News report, of course–about the current media climate in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela:

Considering what President Obama’s own Chief Diversity Czar, Mark Lloyd, has had to say about Chavez, specifically the praise heaped upon him, his system and the way he manages the media, I don’t think that Glenn Beck’s scenario is far off.

Lloyd has characterized Chavez’s revolution as “incredible” and “democratic,” and has been quoted as saying that his focus is “not freedom of speech or the press,” that “this freedom is all too often an exaggeration, and that “blind references to freedom of speech or the press serve as a distraction from the critical examination of other communications policies.”

My personal favorite from Lloyd: “[T]he purpose of free speech is warped to protect global corporations and block rules that would promote democratic governance.”

Going back to his praise of Chavez’s revolution as “democratic,” I cannot help but wonder about the kind of governance to which he refers.

So, the question remains, what do we do about it?

Well, so long as media outlets critical of the administration continue to have an outlet, they must focus on truth. If and when Fox News turns into America’s Globovision, the American people must know ahead of time that the network was a bastion of fact-based journalism. And that goes for the opinion shows as well. Personally, I like how Beck has handled it, bringing online a Bat-Phone-like hotline straight to the White House so any factual inaccuracies can be corrected immediately and without delay.

He’s absolutely right. Put the accuracy ball in the White House’s court, and let them take advantage of it rather than recklessly and meritlessly deriding an entire network.

Consider, for a moment, the fate which has befallen talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who has been outed as a minority member of a group hoping to acquire the St. Louis Rams NFL franchise. Completely fabricated and–of course–racially charged quotes have been discovered on the Internet and falsely attributed to Limbaugh, subsequently causing major media outlets from CNN to ESPN to run with the quotes as if true. Falsehoods are tolerated by the left, but truth is cause for a smear campaign.

Do I suspect that the First Amendment will go the way of the dodo under President Obama? Am I waiting for a sharp knock at my own front door one evening? No, on both accounts. Then again, though, even Chavez hasn’t completely shut down Globovision — he’s only disparaged the network constantly and made life difficult for its on-air reporters. Of course we don’t have anything to worry about!



  1. Boston Blackie says:

    I have always said the ones that scream tolerance the loudest are ALWAYS the least tolerant. Funny how this White House is spending our money AGAIN to battle Fox's perceived hatred of the Messiah, talk about thin skinned. I guess when your entire voting record while in public office has been present, you are not used to people questioning your decisions. Tell the WH to go back to having Wolfy fact check comedy skits. Beck can come off as loud and annoying but turn down the volume a bit as I do and he is opening eyes to what is really going on. Good thing he has already washed and hung his dirty laundry because there is nothing to dig up on him as MSNBC tried to do recently.
    P.S. Jeff,
    When you are sleeping and you have images of Hillary that is called a nightmare not a dream. If you got more sleep you would be able to distinguish the difference LOL!

  2. Anonymous says:

    How did that Glenn Beck petition go? I wish they would move him to primetime. I miss him during the day as I'm at work….

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love the pic of a teleprompter with the Nobel Peace Prize hanging on it at TOTUS.

  4. MIA PATRIOT says:

    Jeff, is Gail OK? Haven't seen her in here in a while, worried the Obama camp might have picked her up.

  5. Roses,WA says:

    Glenn Beck took a call from the wife of a 25 years in the energy business employee who read his new book and totally agreed with the chapter on energy. Have any of Obama's czars written books on their subject that any of the employees in the business could agree with? Not that I've heard. That may be one of the reasons that his ratings are climbing so quickly :-)

    Obama's polling numbers? Not so good.

  6. Boston Blackie says:

    I had been thinking the same about Gail.

  7. Rix says:

    Jeff, the knock on your door would be in defiance to the Fourth Amendment, not First. But who cares these days, it's just an old yellowed piece of paper not worthy to be the Anointed One's bathroom wipe, right?

    What we DO have to worry about is, however, a sudden deterioration of Rupert Murdock's health. He is the one that stands between American public and total informational blackout that will be filled by the Boot-Licking Team on ABC and CNN.

  8. Aggie94 says:
  9. Anonymous says:

    prescient (good word…had to look it up)

  10. Anonymous says:

    The State of Hawaii will soon be forced to reveal the information it used to declare Barack Obama a Natural Born citizen. This will be very interesting, considering Obama’s Father was a British Citizen. therefore Barack Obama Jr is also a British Citizen, and was at birth by the very nature of his parentage.

  11. Boston Blackie says:

    A little off subject but breaking news……
    the Dow closed over 10K for the first time in over a year. Obamama will have to have a news conference to pat himself on the back because as he likes to keep trying to convince us, everything good is because of him and everything bad is W's fault. He will soon be awared the Nobel in Economics.

  12. Anonymous says:

    "Stupid is as stupid does." — Forrest Gump

  13. HUNKER DOWN says:

    The market had a bounce right before the Great Depression as well…. face it folks, we are all living on 'funny' money and a trashed dollar.

  14. RUN, JEFF, RUN says:

    Congress is like a box of chocolates. Sometimes you get a whole boxful of the ones you can't stomach.

    Clean House 2010
    435 NEW Congressmen

  15. HAVE YOU SEEN ME? says:

    Seriously, is Gail OK?

  16. JEFF SCHREIBER says:

    She usually e-mails me a few times each day. I haven't received a single message in a week.

    I sent an e-mail back to her, but have yet to hear anything.

    Hmm. I hope everything is okay.

  17. goddessdivine says:

    Does he need more cheese with that whine? As Chris Wallace so poignantly said a few weeks ago: "This (administration) is the biggest bunch if whiners" he's ever seen in his 30 years experience.

    Obama's only adding more fuel to the fire. Don't these weasels have more important things to worry about (like a war that needs more troops and a health care bill that will bankrupt this country) than who's the biggest bully on the playground? Obama needs to get over himself.

    (Maybe Gail's on a vacation…..)

  18. John Feeny says:

    Here's to hoping all's ok with Gail…

  19. Anonymous says:

    Jeff: Glenn Beck 'outed' the woman in the white house today who is going around bad mouthing him by showing a June 2009 video of her praising 'Mao' as her favorite person for 'inspriration' along with Mother Teresa at a high school graduation ?? In other words she is a "communist"!! Is there anyone other that communista that Obama hires to fight those who disagree with HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Anonymous says:

    NO – he surrounds himself with communists because he IS one!

  21. SCREW THIS ADMIN says:

    1:06, Rather be dead than Red.

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