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.