Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton

Yes, I know I’m late on this, but things have been busy and updating this blog has not been top priority.  In any event you know by now the pettiness of the Obama White House continues to astound even me.  Anita Dunn, White House communications director famously derided the Fox News Channel (known on the left as Faux News).

Unsurprisingly the highly rated cable news network, who does indeed buy ink by the barrel (metaphorically speaking) lost no time in defending itself against Dunn’s (and by extension Obama) outrageous comments.

From Fox News:

Fox News senior vice president Michael Clemente, who likens the channel to a newspaper with separate sections on straight news and commentary, suggested White House officials were intentionally conflating opinion show hosts like Glenn Beck with news reporters like Major Garrett.

“It’s astounding the White House cannot distinguish between news and opinion programming,” Clemente said. “It seems self-serving on their part.”

Self serving indeed, and a very bad tactical move exposing again the thin skin of an administration so coddled by the media that CNN has taken to “fact checking” a Saturday Night Live skit.

Fox News, from its business anchors to its commentators, launched a full scale retaliation that will certainly be more effective than anything the White House can muster.  Obama’s persona is powerful, but when you get Neil Cavuto riled up, you know you’re in trouble:

That’s right.  Neil Cavuto, who used to work for CNBC before coming to Fox and who hosts a business program.  When you get folks like that ticked off at you, you’re in trouble.

The real story here is not Cavuto, nor even Fox News, but rather the increasingly obvious ineffectiveness of Obama’s White House which cannot seem to function on anything other than unadulterated adoration from the press corps.   His predecessor Bush received terrible press coverage throughout both terms of his presidency and was a terrible public speaker, but he never, despite this, demeaned the office of the presidency by getting the White House involved in arguments with the press corps over coverage.

Here Obama slams Fox News personally, which is a silly strategy and makes him look (or rather reveals) his petty thin skinned sensitivity.

Obama is a whiner.  He employs people who complain, and the totality of his approach to the world is based on whining and complaint.  Everything is someone else’s fault in his world. He functions as a man who has never or rarely had anyone tell him the truth about himself or question his “good intentions.”  Obama, it’s time to grow up.

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8 Responses to Never argue with someone who buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton

  1. The funny thing is people think Glenn Beck is trying to be a newscaster and he is not, he’s commentary, and even calls himself a “Rodeo Clown”. Yes Fox News lets him have a show, so what, it’s a 24h channel they have news and commentary, plus they actually have people with differing opinions on the station, something MSNBC tries to do whatever it can not too. All Media is biased some are just biased in your favor while some are not, get over it and grow up!

    The real problem is that the Democrats are still annoyed that they don’t own every major news network or Newspaper like the used too. This is a joke. The White House needs to spend more time worrying about the additional troops we need and not the fact some people might not agree with them. I would have more to say on this but it hasn’t been a good day and I’ll just end up yelling the F word over and over at everyone in D.C.

  2. I don’t see how this guy thinks he’s going to win in 2012! Whoever the Republican candidate is they’re going to be able to throw so much mud in their adds it’ll be as entertaining as a car crash.

  3. Had to go to huffingtonpost to find this quote, but here’s a good one from Krauthammer:

    “I said some years ago that the genius of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes was to have discovered a niche market in American broadcasting — half the American people.” (Read more at:

    I’m not suprised Obama and team are going after Fox. The Clintons went after the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Leftist live in a world of arrogance- where they believe they and their views are the standard of moral behavior and that dissent only comes from misinformed cavemen, clinging to traditions which should be discarded in the face of “progress.”

    Noam Chomsky was quoted this week as comparing right-wing media to the Nazi party.


    These are not intellectual discussions, they are very petty and simplistic dismissals that have no place in real debate.

    “Right-wing” nuts like myself believe the following about Obama and his policies:
    1. You can’t run a weak-dollar government without fast unintended consequences, not the least of which will be run-away inflation in several years and a return to crippling high-interest rates that will eat away at our standard of living. The same argument was true of Bush. Look where his weak dollar policies put us? Why triple-down on those when you know they are disastrous.
    2. The government has proven itself time and again to be a slow-moving, incompetent waster of resources. To argue it needs to be vastly more involved in healthcare is a ridiculous point, particularly when Obama is simultaneously arguing that one of the primary means of financing that vastly increased role is cutting 100s of billion in “waste” from MediCare…
    3. The tax code does not have ultimate control over the weather (cap-and-trade). More people need to be made aware that we are experiencing global cooling at present, depsite continued increases in the release of green-house gasses. We need the scientific community out there telling us why that’s the case and why their models failed to predict this. Instead, we hear rumors that some in the Obama administration, at the UN, and elsewhere would prefer it to be illegal to publicly express doubt about anthropogenic climate change b/c they believe we face a “crisis” that must be adressed. (The crisis is their incompetence).

    Anyway – that’s a rant. Must stop.

    Conservatives have points here that are being dismissed as “radical” and “extreme.” We are actually trying to make more people aware of something called “reality” while the left is trying to hide that “reality” from us by talking about high-minded “ideals.” Who’s misinforming who here?

    This whole thing makes me mad…

  4. mainenowandthen says:

    Obama and his administration are showing their inability to present any worthwhile arguments to bolster their actions every time that they single out any media figure to attack. Liberals are infamous for their lack of common sense and/or factual information to back up their insistence on running everyone’s lives and businesses through the intervention of the State.

    It’s an atypical diversionary tactic in the same vein of accusing their critics of the various “ism’s” that they so hypocritically practice as a matter of course. Projection is the main tool of inadequate personalities.

  5. Lara says:

    OMG! The comments on this web site are actually representative of sane people. Sane people in the blog-o-sphere, what next? 😉

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