Where was everyone’s outrage when Obama tried the same thing back in 2009 and he wasn’t even the first President to try such a thing. This article was from CBS News. Go look it up yourselves
By JEFF GREENFIELD CBS October 23, 2009, 6:43 PM
President Obama’s Feud with FOX News
After months of taking incoming fire from the prime-time stars of Fox News, the Obama White House is firing back, charging that FOX News is different from all other news.
“FOX News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director.
“If media is operating basically as a talk radio format, then that’s one thing, and if it’s operating as a news outlet, then that’s another,” Mr. Obama said.
And the White House has gone beyond words, reports CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield. Last Sept. 20, the president went on every Sunday news show – except Chris Wallace’s show on FOX. And on Thursday, the Treasury Department tried to exclude FOX News from pool coverage of interviews with a key official. It backed down after strong protests from the press.
“All the networks said, that’s it, you’ve crossed the line,” said CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid.
Tension between presidents and the press is as old as the Republic. FDR was so incensed by the war reporting of one New York Daily News correspondent he tried to present him with an Iron Cross from Nazi Germany. John Kennedy tried to get New York Timesman David Halberstam pulled out of Vietnam; and Vice-President Spiro Agnew’s assaults on the network press is legendary.
“We have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism,” Agnew said.
What gives this dust-up special irony is that FOX News success comes in no small part from its ability to convince its viewers that the “mainstream” media are slanted to the left. Now, the White House is arguing that the network is not a real news organization at all, and that has brought some mainstream media voices to its defense.
There’s no question that FOX’s prime-time voices come from the right. Moreover, its owner, Rupert Murdoch is a staunch conservative, and its first and only CEO, Roger Ailes, is a veteran of Republican media wars.
But MSNBC in prime-time has its own lineup of commentators – all of whom are on the left side of the spectrum, some of whom met with the president the White House this week.
So why is the White House out to “de-legitimize” FOX? Not because it has opinions, but because its opinion voices are so hostile to Mr. Obama – and because FOX News is, as it has been for a decade, by far the most watched of the cable news networks. In fact, its ratings have increased 13 percent this summer. So if FOX is feeling any pain from the White House’s stance, it’s crying all the way to the bank.
Everyone says “Happy Memorial Day.” I understand how commercialism has grabbed up this day too. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t part of it. All the local swimming areas opened this weekend. Store sales, cook-outs, this weekend has been gorgeous outside, and so in a way, it marks the beginning of summer. Then I think of my cousin who has served in the United States Navy since he was 18 years old and he is now stationed in Japan with his family and he’s going to be in his mid 30’s soon. I think about how my community I have resided in for 37 years has 16 grave markers for Confederate Soldiers, unknown names, but the flags are there this weekend. I think of a mother and family that moved to this small community because her grandparents had lived here their entire lives. She moved her children here, and her daughter, Madison, and my oldest, Madison, hit it off. She had moved her family here because her husband was shipped to Afghanistan 8 months ago. I’m almost sure this is my 225th post to this blog. I’m sorry I’ve neglected this blog, as well as my blog over at Blogger. I have missed some wonderful weekends of Ten Things of Thankful, hosted by Lizzi. I am one that can benefit greatly from remembering my blessings. Someone once told me, though I have forgotten who, to write in my journal everyday 3 things I’m thankful for, make me happy, is special about me, or special about loved ones that have a positive impact in my life. I’m not sure how I started slipping on that. I am proud of this blog. I love keeping my poems and poetry type prompts over on My Constant Thoughts. I also enjoy the freedom this blog allows. Flash fiction, why not. List of things in variety, of course. Book reviews, definitely. Interviews with other bloggers who have published their work, hell yes. I’m not so sure that Memorial Day should be a “Happy” time. It’s natural to follow some traditions of celebrating, but I hope everyone takes a moment of time and remembers our fallen soldiers that gave their lives so we can cook-out and celebrate. With this being said, I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. If I had to choose 3 things at this moment; 1. My girls’ and how much love they bring into my heart. 2. Thankful for the freedoms I do have and advantages that come from being free. 3. Grateful to all the men and women serving in the USA’s military, a huge salute to the ones gone, and wishes for all the soldiers to remain safe. I’d like to thank all the soldiers who have fought for freedom.