It’s Too Late To Delegitimize Fox

The Obama Administration is continuing to lash out at the only major news outlet that doesn’t grovel at: its feet like a penniless beggar hoping for some spare change:

Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House tactic but to an unusual degree, the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to one specific organization, the Fox News Channel, calling it, in essence, part of the political opposition.

“We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,” said Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, in a telephone interview on Sunday. “As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”

Her comments are only the latest in the volatile exchange between the administration and the top-rated network, which is owned by the News Corporation, controlled by Rupert Murdoch. Last month, Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, and David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Obama, met for coffee in New York, in what Politico, which last week broke that news, labeled a “Fox summit.”

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While neither party has said what was discussed, some have speculated that a truce, or at least an adjustment in tone, was at issue. (Mr. Ailes and Mr. Obama reportedly reached a temporary accord after a meeting in mid-2008.) But shots are still being fired, which animates the idea that both sides see benefits in the feud.

Fox seems to relish the controversy.

Of course, they relish the controversy. In a world where mainstream “journalism” has largely become a group of lickspittles desperately trying to write the most pleasing paean to the object of their mutual affection, Fox News is the only MSM organization on television actually doing its job.

Moreover, the Obama Administration can huff and puff all they like about how “legitimate news organizations behave.” Fox is still #1 on Cable News — by a large margin. The American public decides which organizations are legitimate and which ones aren’t — and that judgment has been made in Fox’s favor. Maybe if five Norwegian sissies were able to decide which news organizations were legitimate and which ones weren’t, Obama would have a shot to delegitimize Fox, but that horse is already out of the barn door.

For all their flaws, Fox is the only mainstream television station keeping Barack Obama and Company from being lionized and exalted by so-called journalists who have more in common with Robert Gibbs than Ernie Pyle. No wonder Obama and the liberals in the mainstream media hate them so.

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