October 19, 2009 11:11 AM
Obama White House escalates war on FOX
This is so unbelievable. With all the hostility and disrespect meted out to Bush, he took it like a man and always treated his media enemies with respect and dignity. Back in the days when they covered Cindy Sheehan's every breath, Bush expressed compassion for her point of view - having lost a son - and affirmed her right to dissent.
But these characters - and I mean characters as in actors in a melodrama - in the Obama White House are in a world of their own. In their minds, no one in this country has the right to dissent. And they are spending your tax money planning ways to shut down anyone who doesn't tow the Obama party line.
It's really scary to think how out of touch these people are with the principles of our country.
White House Escalates War on Fox News
Senior Obama administration officials took to the airwaves Sunday to accuse Fox News of pushing a particular point of view and not being a real news network.
The White House escalated its offensive against Fox News on Sunday by urging other news organizations to stop "following Fox" and instead join the administration's attempt to marginalize the channel.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN that President Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox."
Obama senior adviser David Axelrod went further by calling on media outlets to join the administration in declaring that Fox is "not a news organization."
"Other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way," Axelrod counseled ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "We're not going to treat them that way."
By urging other news outlets to side with the administration, Obama aides officials dramatically upped the ante in the war of words that began earlier this month, when White House communications director Anita Dunn branded Fox "opinion journalism masquerading as news."
On Sunday, Fox's Chris Wallace retorted: "We wanted to ask Dunn about her criticism, but, as they've done every week since August, the White House refused to make any administration officials available to 'FOX News Sunday' to talk about this or anything else."
The White House stopped providing guests to 'Fox News Sunday' after Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in August. Dunn said fact-checking an administration official was "something I've never seen a Sunday show do."
"She criticized 'FOX News Sunday' last week for fact-checking -- fact-checking -- an administration official," Wallace said Sunday. "They didn't say that our fact-checking was wrong. They just said that we had dared to fact-check."
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Camille Paglia, a brilliant cultural commentator, outspoken lesbian and Obama supporter - who is the only one of her kind who seems to have the courage to buck the party line - has written for several months now of her disappointment in the people Obama has surrounded himself with and the administration's attacks on dissents.
From her latest Salon column:
Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers (one reason for the hypocritical absence of tort reform in the healthcare bills). Weirdly, given their worship of highly individualistic, secularized self-actualization, such professionals are as a whole amazingly credulous these days about big-government solutions to every social problem. They see no danger in expanding government authority and intrusive, wasteful bureaucracy. This is, I submit, a stunning turn away from the anti-authority and anti-establishment principles of authentic 1960s leftism.
How has "liberty" become the inspirational code word of conservatives rather than liberals? (A prominent example is radio host Mark Levin's book "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto," which was No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three months without receiving major reviews, including in the Times.) I always thought that the Democratic Party is the freedom party -- but I must be living in the nostalgic past. Remember Bob Dylan's 1964 song "Chimes of Freedom," made famous by the Byrds? And here's Richie Havens electrifying the audience at Woodstock with "Freedom! Freedom!" Even Linda Ronstadt, in the 1967 song "A Different Drum," with the Stone Ponys, provided a soaring motto for that decade: "All I'm saying is I'm not ready/ For any person, place or thing/ To try and pull the reins in on me."
But affluent middle-class Democrats now seem to be complacently servile toward authority and automatically believe everything party leaders tell them. Why? Is it because the new professional class is a glossy product of generically institutionalized learning? Independent thought and logical analysis of argument are no longer taught. Elite education in the U.S. has become a frenetic assembly line of competitive college application to schools where ideological brainwashing is so pandemic that it's invisible. The top schools, from the Ivy League on down, promote "critical thinking," which sounds good but is in fact just a style of rote regurgitation of hackneyed approved terms ("racism, sexism, homophobia") when confronted with any social issue. The Democratic brain has been marinating so long in those clichÃ©s that it's positively pickled.
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It is things like this that made me decide to take a few steps back, shut out the media and focus on my family at home. I feel like we are in a war. I read the news everyday. When I am not reading the news, I am still thinking about it. I have so much stuff going on in my head that I can't even focus on being a wife and momma. I am taking a break from this mess. If America is going to fall apart the least I can do is be the best mother I can be in the meantime. I want to do my part in raising a better generation than my own. We are such a selfish bunch of people. It is amazing God still shows us mercy.
Blessings in fighting the good fight Mrs. Curtis.
Posted by: Mrs. Damian Garcia | October 19, 2009 12:19 PM
Sometimes it seems like I am all alone because I really get upset about all the Democratic party is doing to this country. I want my country back but at times I feel helpless. I am grateful for your web site and shows like "Glen Beck". I watch faithfully.
I wonder if they are ever going to see the real issues that Americans are worried about and cut out all the corruptness.
Posted by: Diana Brown | October 19, 2009 12:57 PM