Let’s let Obama cronies David Axelrod and Rham Emanuel speak for themselves:
“A lot of their news programming, it’s really not news. It’s pushing a point of view,” senior adviser David Axelrod said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“The way we — the president looks at it and we look at it, is, it is not a news organization so much as it has a perspective,” White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel added on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The bigger thing is that other news organizations, like yours, ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way.”
Did you catch that? On one hand, ol’ Dave is calling Fox News “not news”. Mostly, I’m guessing, because of their rabid, slobbering, mindless hatred of Glenn Beck and anyone else who disagrees with the Obama agenda. But that last comment, to me, anyway, sounds like both a set of orders (“don’t you other news organizations treat them like a news organization”) and a not-so-veiled threat (“this is what happens when you act like Fox News”) – something I’d expect from Rahm “Ram It Through” Emanuel.
Remember all the hubbub about the Bush Admin’s supposed fascism, all because they wanted to enable law enforcement agencies to work together to defend our nation from terrorists and people who want to detonate nukes in the middle of America? Well… where’s the outrage when the White House is unleashing similar attacks against a news channel it doesn’t control?
And yes, kids – it’s about control. Anita Dunn – when she wasn’t praising mass murderers – was on foreign news channels admitting that the whole Media hearts Obama thing was indeed an exercise in controlling the airwaves.
Now, some people are calling the Obama Administration foolish, childish, and rash. The one thing I’m going to call them is calculated. This whole thing smacks of Saul Alinski’s Rules for Radicals. Specifically:
Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.
Ever hear an Obama Official talk about Fox News as a reliable source? Ever heard a liberal talk about Faux News? Ever wonder why?
Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
Watch liberal voters’ response to the Obama White House’s actions against Fox.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose.
Have they ever let up? Every day, there’s a new game being played.
Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.
Seriously – what would happen if there were TWO channels like Fox News out there? Is a single news station really that important?
Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.
Glenn Beck? Bill O’Reilly? Etc.
Yes, I think they’re doing it deliberately, and yes – I think it’s yet another dangerous precedent set down by a White House that’s looking more and more like an exercise in Liberal Fascism every day. Karl Rove (aka “The Most Evil Man in the World In the Eyes of Liberals, Socialists, Communists, and Other Assorted Enemies of Freedom”) says that he believes that the Obama Administration is compiling an enemies list, and I think he’s 100% right.
And I don’t think they’re doing all their work by themselves. Look at the recent Rush Limbaugh stupidity that NCMike commented on last week. They accused Rush of racism by using quotes pulled out of a book that had pulled them off of Wikipedia. Rush never said anything remotely like what was attributed to him. Frankly, I hope Rush sues the pants off of the responsible individuals.
And yet – the attacks ensued and continued. The Usual Suspects (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton) began a chorus on how Rush (aka “The Bully“) was unfriendly to black people (Rush’s primary associate on his show, Bo Snerdly, is black as is his sometimes-replacement Dr. Walter E. Williams) and how his part-ownership of an NFL team would be a sign of the return of slavery, plantations, and separate water fountains. This, coming from 2 guys – one of whom has never apologized for his role in the infamous Tawana Brawley incident – for which he was sued for slander and has never paid a dime, and one of whom called New York “Hymietown” and has yet to have apologized for his role in the Duke Lacrosse case.
Looking to Sharpton and Jackson for direction on racial reconciliation is like looking to Jenna Jameson for advice on celibacy.