The White House fight with Fox News Channel continued this week as Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel hit the Sunday talk shows with claims that Fox does not produce news. Comrade Axelrod went so far as to tell ABC News on “This Week” not to treat Fox as a news organization.
Such an assault on the free press is, to borrow one of the Democrats’ favorite adjectives, positively Nixonian. Even ABC’s Jake Tapper came to Fox’s defense. He asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, “It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations ‘not a news organization’ and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one?” Gibbs was typically evasive.
Furthermore, the arrogance of the administration was on full display when it came to light that its Mao-admiring communications director, Anita Dunn, told the Dominican government during a videoconference that Obama’s presidential campaign rarely communicated with the press unless it “controlled” the message. Referring to campaign manager David Plouffe’s talking points, Comrade Dunn bragged, “We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it.” That’s community organizing, and Marxism, 101.