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While we await Obama's decision on more troops in Afghanistan...

... clearly he has chosen a strategy in dealing with Fox News:

Senior Obama administration officials took to the airwaves Sunday to accuse Fox News of pushing a particular point of view, one week after the administration fired its initial salvo to try to isolate the news network by accusing it of being a GOP mouthpiece.

"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 open assault on Fox News began last weekend when White House Communications Director Anita Dunn accused the network of being a "wing of the Republican Party."

"What I think is fair to say about Fox -- and certainly it's the way we view it -- is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party," Dunn said on CNN. "They take their talking points, put them on the air; take their opposition research, put them on the air. And that's fine. But let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN is."

Despite calls to the White House this week, the administration did not offer a guest for this weekend's "Fox News Sunday" to talk about Dunn's comments, although administration officials appeared on all four Sunday morning shows to speak on various issues.

President Obama has had interviews with all of the other Sunday talk shows except "Fox News Sunday," including a whirlwind weekend in late September where he appeared on all other Sunday talk shows.

Michael Clemente, Fox News' senior vice president of news, said the administration's strategy appears to be misdirected.

"Surprisingly, the White House continues to declare war on a news organization instead of focusing on the critical issues that Americans are concerned about like jobs, health care and two wars. The door remains open and we welcome a discussion about the facts behind the issues," Clemente said in a written statement.

While the Obama Administration expends all that energy in fighting their perceived opponents on Fox News, the very real opponents being faced by our troops in Afghanistan rest in the knowledge that Obama is ignoring the war in that region:

76 days since request for more troops, Obama accused of stalling

IN Afghanistan they would call it a shura, the traditional tribal way of listening to elders' views before reaching a consensus. In Washington, where President Barack Obama has now held five war councils, they are starting to call it dithering.

With another council on the Afghan war scheduled for this week, US officials admit it could be November before a decision is finally taken on whether to agree to General Stanley McChrystal's request for more troops. One participant revealed that the protagonists have not yet discussed troop numbers.

Latest polls show a majority of Americans now disapprove of Obama's handling of a war which may come to define his presidency.

Failure will come to define this presidency.

Might we all survive it.

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Comments (11)

And yet the White House fee... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

And yet the White House feels completely comfortable pushing the arts community to offer up worshipful creative projects, and encourages the development of favorable story lines in television entertainment. It says nothing about the venomous opinion shows on MSNBC and treats it as a legitimate source of hard news.

It's clear where Obama's priorities lie.

"But enough about me. What do YOU think of me?"

President Narcissus, surrounded by the sheriff's posse from "Who Killed Roger Rabbit?".

It is always a treat to see... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

It is always a treat to see what causes this administration to actually mobilize against a threat. Funny how the threat always involves American citizens in some way. Good Lord, the number of news organizations that are standing in line to lick this administration's jackboots and they still aren't happy because it's not unanimous.

As far as the war in Afghanistan goes it must be very tough on McChrystal and Petraeus to know they now serve an administration happy to be sitting very comfortably on its own thumbs waiting for a reason to surface to end the involvement; to have to put their soldiers lives on the line under these political conditions; and lastly to know that the wretches in the White House will be looking to target a scapegoat for any failure there. Very, very sad indeed.

The downfall of the arrogan... (Below threshold)
bill-tb:

The downfall of the arrogant is their arrogance ... 'That black boy' Obama has it written all over him.

BTW: "That black boy" is a phrase borrowed without approval from closet segregationist Jimmy Carter, I hope it's not copyrighted.

"it is not a news organ... (Below threshold)
Marc:

"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."

Must be talking about MSNBC right?

"And that's fine. But let's... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"And that's fine. But let's not pretend they're a news network the way CNN is."

Hahahahahaha!! They have a great sense of humor, or the absurd, haven't figured which.

As for Barry's delay in making a decision, I think it rather obvious, he's voting "Present!".

2012 cannot come soon enough.

And they gave him the NOBEL... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

And they gave him the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE What he done for PEACE? NOTHING AT ALL

Fox News should air a "spec... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Fox News should air a "special report" showing all of the supposed "hard news" that ABCBSMSNBCNN show on a daily basis in their "reporting" on The Won's administration. then send a dvd of it to Axelrod and Emmanuel.

Obama is ignoring Fox. That... (Below threshold)
cat007 Author Profile Page:

Obama is ignoring Fox. That's all. You wish there were more. You probably wish people would regard you as fair and balanced. How much do you want to lie about how biased you might be?

As much as I would hate to ... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

As much as I would hate to actually lose the first "war" in American History, Please for the love of Obama BRING THEM HOME!

It is time to go all in or fold your F*ing hand. If the President honestly does not feel that we should be there then GET THE F OUT! How hard is that?

SERIOUSLY! Will one of the usual desenters (i.e. trolls) PLEASE CORRECT ME?

Anyone? Please tell me I am wrong, especially if you are an Obama supporter!

You know what, cat007? If a... (Below threshold)
Dave:

You know what, cat007? If all that Obama was doing was ignoring Fox News, it wouldnt be a big deal. But that is not what he is doing. Instead, he is acting like a spoiled kid, pouting, whining and getting the rest of his people in on the act. I think the folks at Fox News get that Obama doesnt like them; its time Obama got over himself and acted like a president, rather than a sulky teenage girl.

cat007 - "Obama is igno... (Below threshold)
Marc:

cat007 - "Obama is ignoring Fox. That's all."


That's a good little obama-bot.

Ignore the possible heist of private business computers at the start of the cash for clunkers program, ignore a thing called "net neutrality" where obama makes a sad and potentially illegal attempt at controlling the internet, ignore all the Socialist sympathizers in the admin., ignore it all you titmouse.




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