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    The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

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    The Obama administration has taken a fair amount of grief for its campaign to marginalize Fox News, saying the cable network is “not a news organization” but rather “the communications arm of the Republican Party.”

    Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, not a fire-breathing conservative, calls it “dumb on multiple levels” – a distraction from policy messages, a boost to Fox ratings, and, she writes, “it deprives the White House, to the extent it refuses to provide administration officials to appear on the cable network, of access to an audience that is, in fact, broader than hardcore Obama-haters.”

    Stephen Hess, a Brookings Institution scholar on White House press relations going back decades, says, “It makes them in the White House look terribly political, and political means petty in our lexicon.”

    The White House has also opened itself up to charges that it is creating an “enemies list,” à la President Richard Nixon – a charge made on the Senate floor Wednesday by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) of Tennessee, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate with a reputation for collegiality. He also cited recent administration criticism of the US Chamber of Commerce, the insurance industry, and the insurance company Humana, among others.

    Obama’s strategy

    Still, could the administration have planted seeds that could pay dividends down the road? Perhaps, says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

    “If the White House could persuade moderates that any story originating with Fox is politically motivated and hence suspect, it might reduce the initial impact of Fox-generated content,” she says. “What the White House appears to be trying to do is reduce the migration of stories from Fox to other cable, broadcast, and print.”

    Fox has gotten mileage recently with stories about community organizers ACORN and green jobs “czar” Van Jones, who resigned his White House post after Fox and other conservative media pushed aggressively on his past associations.

    “There are two audiences here,” says liberal columnist David Sirota. “There’s the Fox audience, then there’s the rest of the news-consuming public. You’re never going to delegitimize Fox with the hardest of the hardcore base. But if you can delegitimize it in the eyes of the rest of the media, that impacts the rest of the news-consuming audience.”
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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    Fluff...Intended to distract from the healthcare debate. Best thing to do is ignore the silly man.
    From the ashes.

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    “If the White House could persuade moderates that any story originating with Fox is politically motivated and hence suspect, it might reduce the initial impact of Fox-generated content,” she says. “What the White House appears to be trying to do is reduce the migration of stories from Fox to other cable, broadcast, and print.”
    In other words, hope to keep other networks from picking up any news story that only FNC would break.

    Why is that?

    Because FNC is (supposedly) overly critical of The Obama's administration, and therefore woudl look for things that other networks might not.



    Doesnt that denote a flaw in the other networks, rather than FNC?

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    There is an easy answer to this question. I tend to get long winded in making my point but the short answer is: As the war unfolds it will make it possible for Obama to identify those he needs to add to his enemies, and show REAL Americans those who are out to help Obama in his efforts to destroy this Nation for his Socialist/Communist pals.
    For the vast majority of those of you feel educated but truth be known you still lack basic intelligence there is a thing known as the 4th estate. What is it you say? Well in the Constitution there are three parts of Government spelled out. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. There is another not spelled out but created because of the Constitution in the first Amendment. Known as the 4th estate from the early 19th century the Press followed by the broadcast media proudly held the distinction of being called the 4th estate and they were there to look out for the people by reporting the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth except for editorial comments. As Obama announced his candidacy that term lost all it's meaning and the Media for the most part became the Obamadia doing his bidding and even becoming complicit in the dissemination of lies and propaganda. With the exception of Fox News and a very few News Paper, the Media became part of the 5th column. What is a 5th column? A fifth column is a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group, such as a nation, from within, to the aid of an external enemy. A fifth column is a group of people who clandestinely undermine a larger group, such as a nation, from within, to the aid of an external or internal enemy.
    Now I took and open ended Oath I took very seriously to protect and defend against just such groups and people Obama has surrounded himself with. Socialists, Communists, Marxists, and others who openly have talk and have talked about the destruction of America.
    So once again the upside is clear and Obama has once again applied his amateurish knowledge and plans to create something he can not in the long run win.

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    This is a loosing battle of "poision the well", Fox is supposed to be the poison and the well is the other media outlets. The upside for Obama? If it works, it moves public opinion away from Fox and therefore cuts their viewership or makes them less credible/relevant. The problem is, it won't work, for if it did --- it's a slippery slope. Then who's next? CNN when they run something not so flattering about the White House? If one falls to this type of nonsense, they all do.

    Obama and his administration picked the wrong war with Fox.

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    Speaking of 'politically motivated and therefore suspect' stories...

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    While I understand what the Obama administration is attempting to do - quite (not silence -there's a difference) who they see as a spin-myster, hyperbullic media outlet - nothing good can come of this.

    You silence one news agency you don't like, what happens when the next one pops up?

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    While I understand what the Obama administration is attempting to do - quite (not silence -there's a difference) who they see as a spin-myster, hyperbullic media outlet - nothing good can come of this.

    You silence one news agency you don't like, what happens when the next one pops up?
    That's why I am impressed the other "opinion" agencies are sticking up for Fox in a limited way.

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    The upside I see is individuals starting to look at FNC with a more critical eye. Becoming aware of the difference between News and Editorial.

    I smile ironically when I hear "Fair and Balanced" -- it's funny, because FNC is anything but... The more people see that, the better.

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    Re: The Fox News war: What’s the upside for Obama?

    The other networks are Obama's lap dogs. They'll pay a high price for that loyalty over the next three years.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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