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Biting the hand that created them

Via Bookworm, heartening news of media collusion.  Yes, heartening:


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Hopefully the reason for th... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Hopefully the reason for this is that the other news organizations have realized that they too can be in the crosshairs of the White House if they decide to report unfavorably on anything this administration does.

On one hand they have the bandwagon - on the other, the bus.

Not often you get to praise... (Below threshold)

Not often you get to praise the press, but they get an 'attaboy' for this one. It's about time they acknowledged that what they're trying to do to Fox could be done to them next.

Falze -I think thi... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Falze -

I think this was a real wakeup call for them - as you said, what happens with one could happen to all. They've been so enamored with their 'power', electing a virtual unknown to the Presidency - that they essentially ignored his background and forgot the possibility that he might have his OWN agenda, and that his may not exactly coincide with theirs.

I'm kind of looking forward to the usuals coming on and explaining just how good for the nation it is to have a President demanding (pardon, 'suggesting') that the other 4 news agencies exclude the fifth because it's not really reporting 'news' in his opinion.

Even Nixon didn't go that far when he was in fully paranoid mode...

The First Amendment isn't a... (Below threshold)
Eric:

The First Amendment isn't a selective freedom, it protects everyone, Left and Right.

Whether you like Fox or not, everyone should be very, very concerned about the President of the United States targeting a legitimate news organization. Think very carefully about what it means if the President is successful in shutting down Fox.

Does anyone think he would stop there? Who would be next?

Does anyone think he wou... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Does anyone think he would stop there?

No, that's not the "Chicago" or Alinsky way.

Who would be next?

Whichever displeases His Majesty. After all, the peasants cannot be allowed to have their own ideas - who knows what sort of trouble they might get into without proper guidance!

From what I've been able to gather, the Alinsky rules are great for disrupting the system that's supposedly oppressive, but piss-poor when it comes to actually providing a structure to replace what was disrupted. I think it's starting to hit people that Obama doesn't really know anything BUT how to be disruptive in the Alinsky mode (IE 'creative' destruction for 'progressive' purposes) and he has no concept at all of what to do once the Alinsky goals have been achieved.

Alinsky's all about sticking it to the Man. Obama is now the Man. He'd better stop sticking it to himself and figure out where he goes from here.

They finally realized how d... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

They finally realized how dangerous a precedent this would be. If Obama's administration didn't turn on them (the center left and far left media) a future Republican administration might.

From what I've been able... (Below threshold)

From what I've been able to gather, the Alinsky rules are great for disrupting the system that's supposedly oppressive, but piss-poor when it comes to actually providing a structure to replace what was disrupted.

Translation - communism sounds great until the communists actually have to run things ;)

Impeach now before it is to... (Below threshold)
epador:

Impeach now before it is too late.

I am amazed at the level of... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

I am amazed at the level of immaturity this man operates with. ww

JL: " They've been so enamo... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

JL: " They've been so enamored with their 'power', electing a virtual unknown to the Presidency - that they essentially ignored his background and forgot the possibility that he might have his OWN agenda, and that his may not exactly coincide with theirs. "
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Not sure I totally agree. I think plenty of the MSM knew, and supported, Brocko's Leftist agenda. Even now, I think a large minority (maybe majority?) of them WANT to see Fox suppressed. I'd be relieved to be wrong on that; I guess we'll see.

" Who would be next? "
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Blogs/the Internet.

"Translation - communism... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"Translation - communism sounds great until the communists actually have to run things ;)"

Bingo, Falze! And just because it's failed miserably ELSEWHERE in the world doesn't mean anything - WE have really REALLY smart people here who'll do it RIGHT!

God help us.

The press has seen enough p... (Below threshold)
jim m:

The press has seen enough people kicked off the campaign plane to understand that it takes only one story to get them on Obama's enemies list. I think it is also dawning on them that as they cater to his petty antics the threshold for getting cast out is becoming lower and lower.

The move to isolate Fox news was an attack on all journalists and punishing them for their association with an out of favor news service. Because of editorializing by Glenn Beck straight news reporters were going to be punished by their association with the same network. People throw the term fascist around a lot, but this effort really does smack of totalitarian beliefs and behavior.

It appears that the media recognized what was at stake for them here. But I would caution that it took them an extended meeting to agree to boycott the interviews if Fox were frozen out. I don't think that this was as clear cut as it is being portrayed.

"Translation - communism... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"Translation - communism sounds great until the communists actually have to run things ;)"

"I think plenty of the M... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"I think plenty of the MSM knew, and supported, Brocko's Leftist agenda."

You might be right - but I think the difference is in the details. There's a large difference between being 'progressive' as an ideal, and then seeing the results of your 'progressive' philosophy writ large. (For one thing, the cost of dreaming of a 'progressive' world is much, much less than the reality, and far LESS likely to end in an abysmal mess.)

If the WH had offered indiv... (Below threshold)
JustRuss:

If the WH had offered individual interviews to the networks none of them would have had a problem with it. But because FOX pays into the pool just like they do they knew they couldn't get away with it.

More likely they were afraid of being sued/demonized on FOX than actually afraid of the administration.

I do hope though that it was a stand against controlling the media outright. They probably wanted to show that supporting the President is much different than actively attacking a peer at the Presidents behest.

At least one way or another, they DO have some sort of conscience.

As an aside, I'd like to pe... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

As an aside, I'd like to personally thank the troll who regularly gives me (and has been doing so for a long time) one negative vote everytime I post. It's heartening to know that I'm still getting under your skin. It makes my day.

Oyster, I just gave you ano... (Below threshold)

Oyster, I just gave you another negative vote so I could double your pleasure and double your fun on this Friday.

Someone must have countered... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Someone must have countered OM's negative, so I threw another one in for ya, Oyster. Oh, I gave OM one, too.

Talk about the administrati... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Talk about the administration just taking a slap up side the head.

Wonder what their response will be today, having been told by the media that FOX IS A NEWS ORGANIZATION!

Thanx!... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Thanx!

Quit calling it the whiteho... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Quit calling it the whitehouse its now the NEW KREMLIN

I think the other 4 network... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

I think the other 4 networks in the pool just wanted to avoid a lawsuit that they would lose. With all the lawyers Obama has working for him you'd think at least one of them would have read the network pool contract.

I uprated Oyster for being polite enough to say Thanx!




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