Over the weekend I made a new friend whom surprised me by saying that he was surprised that the Obama Administration had started up this entirely new practice of engaging the media.
I was kind of astonished. I informed him that the previous administration had a feature on its website called "Setting the Record Straight" where it did just that, constantly. It's primary target was the NYT, of course.
The thing that is new about this current "tit-for-tat" is that the WH response is suddenly newsworthy to the sensationalist Fox News.
I'm always surprised when more energy is spent looking at the reaction rather than impetus, and when the "same old" is treated as something new.
This new friend of mine surprised me even further by using the example of what's-her-name saying that Fox wasn't a real news organization as an example of how the Obama Administration is as bad as anything we've ever had. I wanted to bring up native American genocide, CIA interventions, testing nukes on our own troops, ... but I just let it go. Yeah, Obama is just ... "terrible."