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White House vs. FOX: How to Stop an Army of Davids (Update)

John on October 21, 2009 at 8:59 am

Melissa Clouthier alerted me to this post by Donald Sensing. He writes:

And to think that George W. Bush was mocked for saying, “If you’re not with us, you’re with the terrorists.” The White House is laying a foundation of future media relations that does two things. First, they are identifying, and most importantly trying to get all the media to identify, good and bad media coverage, both terms defined by the White House. Second, they are nudging each reporter and news organization to move further toward the “good” side by trying to drive a wedge between them and Fox News.

John Schulenburg of made a similar point when he twittered the mock headline “White House approves 40,000 more troops to fight FOX news.”

Over at Hot Air, Allahpundit thinks this is about containment. He writes:

The irony of this story, though, is that the press was already happy to quarantine “wingnut” stories emanating from Fox, be it Van Jones or ACORN or the White House trying to politicize the NEA.

By inoculating the rest of the media against any further stories that originated at FOX, they render themselves immune to such criticism in future.

But hold on a minute…Dig a bit deeper and you quickly realize that the White House’s problem isn’t with FOX at all because FOX isn’t the source of any of these stories.

Van Jones didn’t come from FOX, it came from Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit. ACORN didn’t come from FOX but from two intrepid activists via Breitbart’s Big Government. Similarly, the NEA story didn’t come from FOX, it came from one individual, Patrick Courrielche, writing at Big Hollywood who had the nerve to tape the conference call and report on it. And, not to toot our own horn, but they weren’t too happy with the “wise Latina” story that originated right here at VS.

Question: How do you stop an army of Davids?

Answer: It can’t be done… But you can delegitimize the one media source that dares to broadcast their stories to the wider public.

This is the real motivation behind the White House strategy. It’s not about FOX, not really. It’s about all the little people FOX has allowed into the debate. Troublemakers who, the White House believes, don’t deserve a seat at the table.

And that’s also why, as irked as many in the MSM probably are over being patted on the head by the White House, they’ll play along. Because there’s one thing they fear more than government censorship and that’s losing their prestige (and their jobs) to a bunch of nobodies on the internet.

Update: This is just unbelievable. Even as the White House whines about FOX not being “real news” they invite Olbermann, Maddow and Dowd in for a chat:

On Monday, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow were among several people who attended an off-the-record briefing with Pres. Obama at the White House. Sources tell us other attendees at the two-and-a-half hour chat included Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, Gwen Ifill of PBS and Gloria Borger of CNN. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one from Fox News was in the room.

These people represent news?

[HT: Hot Air headlines for the update story]

One More: Ace notes that Gloria Borger wrote a piece attacking Republicans immediately after the private meeting with Obama. Ace fisks her, in delightful detail, and shows that her “analysis” is a thoroughly biased wad of agit-muck handed her by the administration.

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