White House Attacks Fox News!
Seems like the White House just can't stop campaigning! Now they seem to think they need to spend their time attacking Fox News! No wonder they aren't governing!
White House Communications Director Anita Dunn is leading the charge against Fox News: "We're going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent."
The AFP article, White House targets Fox as it goes after press critics, by Chris Lefko, points out that
The unusual White House campaign comes as President Obama faces mounting opposition to his health care reforms, growing concern over the situation in Afghanistan and a continuing general economic malaise.
The president also suffered a setback recently when his personal effort to win approval for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics was rejected and his Nobel Peace Prize has met with more barbs than bouquets.
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said the White House may be lashing out at Fox "because the Democratic base is starting to be more critical of Obama."
"The world was expected to be transformed in approximately a month and it just didn't quite happen that way," Sabato said. "So if you're in that position and you need to rally your base, you need to find a common enemy.
"They're going on the offensive to rally the base and the base will rally to them because they hate the 'right-wing noise machine' too," he said. "Everyone needs an enemy in politics. Everyone needs a devil figure."
But Michael Clemente, senior vice president for news at the Fox News Channel sums up the situation quite succinctly:
"Instead of governing, the White House continues to be in campaign mode, and Fox News is the target of their attack mentality. Perhaps the energy would be better spent on the critical issues that voters are worried about."