Twenty-four hours after the fact, the AP finally figured out that, maybe, just maybe, it’s worth reporting that the White House tried to freeze out a news organization that challenges it, and was stopped only because other news organizations realized that, if they let this one pass, they would forever be barred from voicing any hint of criticism of the White House. While they may not now be able to imagine criticizing their God, they’re not so stupid that they wish to foreclose the possibility. I’ve already praised them for their wise decision in my earlier post on the subject. What I wanted to run here were some of the comments I saw at the San Francisco Chronicle, which has published the AP story at its website.
Just as an aside, its interesting that the AP chose to assign this story, not to a political writer, but to their television reporter. Talk about reluctantly mentioning that your idol has feet of clay. But anyway, here are some of the comments:
I can’t stand Faux, errr, Fox News, and I do like our president, but the White House better get it together.
In this country, we have freedom of the press and their access to our elected officials is of paramount importance.
Fox is a well funded mirror opposite of the Worker’s World. Half-truths, propaganda, and psy-ops. They should get the same “respect” and “certification” that the communist propaganda rags get: none.
This is childish behavior… you don’t like me, Fox, so you can’t play with me and my friends! It’s stupid, and only draws needless attention to Fox News.
The WH only needs to make itself available to reputable news outlets and not the Republican’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda :Fox.
Dude, get with the freedom of speech thing! When it benefits you, you typical dweebs alway cry this and that. Then when people ask a question you don’t like, you want to silence them like passing a law. The city of SF actually presented a law regarding the silencing of opposition from the media, but so much outcry happened even the board of stupidvisors relented. Why are idiots like you so afraid of being asked a pertinent question????
The biggest problem I have with Fox News (aside from the relentless stream of hateful invective and hysterical fearmongering) is that they continually present misleading and/or demonstrably false information (otherwise known as lies) as if it were true, wrapped up in the packaging of “news”.
This is highly unethical, it encourages confusion and misunderstanding amongst their audience, and I don’t even think it should be legal, much less profitable.
Is Fox News a news organization? Or would it better be called Fox Propaganda?
And we know how “fair and balanced” the MSM are:
Campaign donations, 2008
$297,187 was given by people who identified their occupation as “journalist”
$22,076 from 28 people to Republicans.
$275,111 from 312 people to Democrats.
Why back down? Just exclude Faux News. They aren’t journalists, they are far right Republicans.
Everybody knows that 99% of Fox News is not news. It’s radical right wing Republican religious nut opinion and propaganda. And, it’s 100% anti-Democrat and anti-Obama. The hacks at Fox are just squawking because somebody finally called them on it. Those nut jobs are the face of the Republican party, and the very reason that only about 20% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans.
What’s so fascinating about those of the above comments that support the White House freeze-out is their absolute disdain for the notion of a free press — meaning free from government interference, control and censorship (and barring a news station from a press event is a form of censorship). It occurs to none of them that it’s the marketplace of ideas, not the government (and certainly not the White House) that decides what’s news and what’s not. Like the White House, they fear Fox and they want to destroy it.
I have to admit that I never watch the news on TV (I never get the chance), but I’m inclined to do so now, if only to make a point. Or better, because watching TV at home is a very silent point, perhaps I’ll go over to the Fox website and click on every single ad, to show that Fox gets the business.