The latest volley in the White House’s pitched battle against Fox News is perhaps the most egregious of all, more obvious than the West Wing decision to send officials to every network but Fox, and more outrageous than the press secretary and president alike denouncing Fox News Channel as “not a news organization.”
In attempting to enjoin Fox News Channel, the highest-rated cable news network by leaps and bounds, from interviewing White House “Pay Czar” Kenneth Feinberg on the day he decides–without presidential knowledge, of course (wink, wink)–to slash by 90 percent executive salaries in firms which received TARP funds, the White House has taken its War Against Truth to a new level. The administration can make their gripes about Fox’s opinion programming all they want, but the issue here is that there is one network willing to actually dig for the truth about this administration’s policies–such as the deeply-embedded provision in Feinberg’s authority allowing him to control pay in any company that is deemed a systemic risk to the economy, not just those that took federal funds–and the Chicago-style White House will do anything and everything it can to silence any fact-based opposition.
But what happened next, however, was an indication that I have been right when it comes to the consequences of the administration’s worst political blunder yet. On Tuesday, for example, I mentioned that that the only thing the mainstream press holds in higher esteem than Barack Hussein Obama is their access and freedom to do what they do, and that they will protect their own if cornered:
First, the press protects its own, even among factions that fundamentally disagree on everything. The mainstream media may be in the tank for Barack Obama, but there’s only one thing the press values more than a far-left president — and that’s the freedom to do what they do. In that respect, to some degree media organizations are like NATO; blatant attacks on one will only be tolerated so much by the others. That’s why we see statements from people like David Gergen and Donna Brazile and others on CNN and MSNBC denouncing the White House’s continued war on a sister network.
And that’s what happened — the other networks refused to do the White House’s bidding and sit down for a soft-hitting interview with Feinberg unless Fox News was given the ability and access to do its job. And, in the end, the White House caved.
Mark my words: this pitched battle against Fox News Channel could very well turn out to be the political death of the Obama administration. President Obama and his flunkies have banked heavily upon favorable news coverage to gloss over the worst of what they’re doing to the country — pick a fight with an industry that buys ink by the barrel and has air time to spare, and the entire fantasy of this Teflon president may very well be over.