But increasingly, noisy factions on the party’s most liberal flank – among them gay rights proponents, pro-choice activists and immigration reformers who Obama courted last year – are incensed that their causes have taken a backseat to the White House’s all-out push on health care reform.
What to do? Throw off the scent; chase a Fox. The backdrop, according Politico:
White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday that the Fox News Channel is “not really a news station” and that much of the programming is “not really news.”…
Axelrod said on ABC’s This Week… “It’s really not news – it’s pushing a point of view. And the bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way. We’re going to appear on their shows. We’re going to participate but understanding that they represent a point of view.”
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said on CNN’s State of the Union… “It’s not a news organization so much as it has a perspective…. And more importantly, is not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following Fox, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organization …
So here’s what’s really up, according to another Politico piece:
[T]he motivations of the White House are clear: Fire up a liberal base disillusioned with Obama by attacking the hated Fox. Try to keep a critical news outlet off-balance. Raise doubts about future Fox stories.…
To some media observers, it’s almost the definition of a “chilling effect” – a governmental attempt to steer reporters away from negative coverage – but the White House press corps has barely uttered a word of complaint….
“This is a mutually beneficial deal,” said Paul Begala, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton. “Fox’s ratings keep going up, as they’re seen as the voice of opposition to Obama. The Democrats need to do something to excite their base, which is suffering from a case of the blues.“…
So the ploy has worked. Obama has succeeded in diverting the attention of his liberal lemmings.
MoveOn.org has posted this web page (click to enlarge):
Liberals are calling on their people not to appear on Fox. According to a MoveOn.org email sending the above link:
To draw attention to its biased coverage, President Obama will not appear on Fox for the rest of this year.
It’s about time Democrats stood up to Fox! Can you sign this petition asking Democrats to support President Obama’s stance by staying off Fox as long as he does? We’ll deliver it to Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Boxer and Rep. Waxman.
And wrote Slate’s Jacob Weisberg in Newsweek:
By appearing on Fox, reporters validate its propaganda values and help to undermine the role of legitimate news organizations. Respectable journalists – I’m talking to you, Mara Liasson – should stop appearing on its programs.
What colicky babies liberals are.