October 22, 2009

White House Tries to Ban Fox News From Press Pool

Honestly? I never thought they'd take it this far.

Today the White House stepped up its attack on Fox News, announcing that the network would no longer be able to conduct interviews with officials as a member of the Press Pool. The Pool is a five-member group consisting of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC organized by the White House Correspondents Association. Its membership is not subject to oversight by the government.

Before an interview with "Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg, the administration announced that Fox News would be banned from the press pool. This marks the first time in history that an administration had attempted to ban an entire network from the press pool.

I cannot recall any Administration in my lifetime so desperately intent on restricting and controlling the media's access to information. This is a blatant attempt at censorship by exclusion.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 22, 2009 11:06 PM

Hey, how about OUR ACCESS TO INFORMATION and how Fox News stiffles it on a daily basis. I can't believe anyone can defend Fox News in the year 2009. GET A CLUE MAN

Posted by: Eric at October 22, 2009 11:16 PM

Eric: What news has Fox News stifled?

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at October 22, 2009 11:28 PM

What does Eric's "stiffles" mean? Idiot leftists. Geez.

Posted by: paul mitchell at October 22, 2009 11:29 PM

What a surprise - NOT!! It's what libs, progs, socialists, and commies(but I repeat myself) do do.

Posted by: emdfl at October 22, 2009 11:32 PM

I watch and read all the news I can to try and get a sensible feel for what's really going on.
Fox is the only one that seems to constantly look for meaningless trivia and make them look like the enemy rules! And they always say it with a smirk on their faces. Unreality t.v. at its worst - and I ain't no liberal or even a Democrat.
Fox is as close to the enemy as anyone.

Posted by: efrcd at October 23, 2009 12:20 AM

Does noone seem to CARE what a violation of the First Amendment this is? Did not the President SWEAR to uphold the Constitution? I could SWEAR I saw and heard him say he would.

Posted by: DavidB at October 23, 2009 12:31 AM

What will it take to convince people that Obama is a Chavez type and a tyrant wannabe?

Posted by: RAH at October 23, 2009 07:05 AM

Why does this White House sound like something that stepped out of the history books of the USSR?

Countless socialistic countries have controlled the media for their own goals and aims, and when you control that source of information, you control what the people think.

IF efrcd is not a liberal or democrat (though he sure sounds like one) he then must be even further to the left than those two groups. However, by stating he is not, then it gives him (in his own viewpoint) the right to criticize Fox.

When you compromise freedom, you are heading to tyranny.

Posted by: DaveQ at October 23, 2009 08:16 AM

Leftists/Democrats hate Fox News because it is the only true fair and balanced news outlet. They fail to seperate Fox's news outlet from their opinion parts. Funny that they don't do the same with CNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC & CNN.

I've complained about liberal bias in the media since the 70's. Now finally we have a true news outlet in Fox.

This episode is dramatically increasing the numbers of Fox viewers and I think that's great.

Posted by: Rick at October 23, 2009 08:29 AM

Obama's a wannabe Chavez.

Posted by: Steve at October 23, 2009 08:35 AM

"Fox is the only one that seems to constantly look for meaningless trivia"

Obviously, you don't watch TV or read newspapers. Either that, or reality doesn't intrude on your observations. Cable news (and network, especially including 60 Minutes and its ilk) are little more than trivia. The NYT, WaPo, AP, al-Reuters, and the rest are cesspools of unimportant nonsense and vitriol against non-leftists.

Posted by: Dr. Horrible at October 23, 2009 10:35 AM

Fact: The Constitution protects Freedom of the Press. Obama is now circumventing that provision, as he already has the injunction against govt. interfering with contracts. I don't care what side of the aisle you stand on, this is a precedent that cannot be allowed. Because the next time, it might be MSNBC - which, by the way, has already been caught making up stories in order to foment anti-conservative sentiment. But then, so has the NY Times, whose reporters finally admitted that they made up the story about John McCain having an affair with a lobbyist. Fox News is certainly as legitimate a news organization as those two.

Posted by: KSterling at October 23, 2009 11:17 AM

When you know that by answering an opponents question or accusations with real answers will get you in trouble with the people, then you attack the questioner and attempt to delegitimize them. Personal attacks deflect attention from the accusations.

Posted by: Frances Dorsey at October 23, 2009 11:50 AM

I can't think of any other way for a president to reward those that don't agree with him other than to go to "war" against them. It shows how really stupid these people are. If you really wanted to do something bad you would ignore them, by constantly bring them to center stage they achieve credence.

Now as to meaningless trivia, the times I have turned on the MSM they are constantly going on about Ms. Obama and her wardrobe. I am sorry but she looks like a fat pig and an opinionated one at that. Now that woman is meaningless. Unless you want to dig up the Chicago dirt she has.

Why doesn't Obama try and get us out of the worst depression we have seen and cut the government and taxes?

Posted by: David at October 23, 2009 12:00 PM

"Why doesn't Obama try and get us out of the worst depression we have seen and cut the government and taxes?"

Because he doesn't want to.

Posted by: Rob Crawford at October 23, 2009 12:05 PM

Yeah. I've got to say I've not seen anything like this in my life time either.

It really is unbelievable. It shows a posture of arrogance and supremacy.

The moves our government, and I'm not just citing this admin, but the majority of the whole mammoth monstrosity, has been making over the last year plus, is really worrying to me. It looks to me like fascism 101.

Posted by: Hal (GT) at October 23, 2009 12:15 PM


I think you are missing the real issue (or, perhaps, goal) behind why the WH has ‘declared war’ on FNC. Consider what benefit this may give the WH, Congress, and Democrats in general.

I've seen some commentators analyze this ‘war with FNC’ that echo my thoughts. For example: Beck, Newt, and Morris have called the war a 'distraction' or 'sleight of hand'. It is a continuing strategy of this administration when 'something they want' is getting trashed. They put their focus on the 'next thing' (perpetual campaign mode). Obamacare has tanked and they need to get the spotlight off of the negotiations and/or negotiators. Therefore, they attack FNC and the media, as a whole, eats it up.

Notice how distracted FNC is now. Much of their reportage and commentary has been focused on this war with the WH. This 'ban' will only intensify FNC’s focus on it and will leave the WH and Congress time to gerrymander their deals without any significant questions. FNC is the ONLY TV 'news outlet' that is not solidly in the Obama camp.

Obama’s administration is “crisis to crisis management”. Everything they have ‘accomplished’ has been based on the premise of ‘this current issue is solved as long as the legislation that has been written gets passed NOW’... (whether the language is done, read, or even available to be read doesn’t matter) ... and in the very next breath... ’NOW we have to focus on this NEW CRISIS...’. If there isn’t a 'new crisis' then they can’t get anything they want done because sunlight and time are their enemies.

Now to agree with you :) – Yes, banning FNC from the WH Press Pool is a big story with respect to the 1st Amendment's 'freedom of the press' component. The problem is 'news' outlets are now focusing on THIS story INSTEAD of Obamacare and the other future ill-conceived policies/legislation (such as Cap & Trade).

By all means devote SOME of your time, energy, and bandwidth to this story but, please, DO NOT drop the spotlight on the other catastrophes in progress!

Posted by: PhyCon at October 23, 2009 12:31 PM

OK. So what can we do about this? Calling General Petraeus!! Is it time yet?

Posted by: Razorgirl at October 23, 2009 12:36 PM