The ongoing White House war on Fox News is summed up perfectly by Pat at And So it Goes in Shreveport:
The continuing White House battle against Fox News is just silly and resembles nothing so much as childhood kindergarten politics.
Yes, so much silliness, so little time. Certainly not enough time to get American workers back to work when there are meanies at Fox News to be dealt with! The Taliban? Al-Qaeda? Right after they've dispatched with Glen Beck and Sean Hannity. Sheesh!
I have the same question as Pat, what is the point? The White House certainly isn't negatively impacting Fox's ratings. Just the opposite. So why is the White House wasting its time?
Campaigns engage in foolishness but once the campaign is over it is time for leadership. This administration excelled at the former and sucks at the latter. I can understand the desire to cling to the gamesmanship but surely there is at least one grownup somewhere in the administration that can explain that the object to any game is to score the most points. Right now, they are scoring points for the other team.
“IF YOU STRIKE ME DOWN I SHALL–” Oh, hell, you know the rest. New York Times declares Fox News winner in fight with Obama. Best bit: “People who work in political communications have pointed out that it is a principle of power dynamics to ‘punch up’ – that is, to take on bigger foes, not smaller ones. A blog on the White House Web site that uses a ‘truth-o-meter’ against a particular cable news network would not seem to qualify. As it is, Reality Check sounds a bit like the blog of some unemployed guy living in his parents’ basement, not an official communiqué from Pennsylvania Avenue.”