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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Does Obama own stock in Fox?

President Obama must own stock in Fox News. That's the only logical explanation for his Administration's continued efforts to drive up ratings at the cable channel by singling them out for constant attacks. Not content to blame all of its troubles on a television channel, Obama aides are now pressing other news outlets to stop paying attention to Fox News' political coverage.
The White House is calling on other news organizations to isolate and alienate Fox News as it sends out top advisers to rail against the cable channel as a Republican Party mouthpiece.

Top political strategists question the decision by the Obama administration to escalate its offensive against Fox News. And as of Monday, the four other major television networks had not given any indication that they intend to sever their ties with Fox News.

But several top White House officials have taken aim at Fox News since communications director Anita Dunn branded Fox "opinion journalism masquerading as news" in an interview last Sunday.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel told CNN on Sunday that President Obama does not want "the CNNs and the others in the world [to] basically be led in following Fox."
I think George Orwell got it wrong. In 1984, he assumed the thought-police were competent.

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