Remember this from back in October 2009?:
Jake Tapper of ABC asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this question:
It hasn’t escaped our notice that in the last few weeks the White House has decided to declare war on one of our sister organizations saying it’s not a news organization and tell the rest of the news media to not treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to say one of them is not a news organization and the rest of the media should not treat them like one?
Jake Tapper today:
The conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch, using the Freedom of Information Act, has obtained a series of emails back and forth between White House officials and Treasury Department officials regarding the original exclusion of Fox News from an October 22, 2009 series of round-robin interviews with TARP Special Master Kenneth Feinberg.
Fox News’ Major Garrett ultimately interviewed Feinberg that day because the bureau chiefs of the four other networks – ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC – agreed to boycott the interviews, which were being coordinated through the cooperative “pool” arrangements, unless Fox News, part of the pool, was included.
At the time, Treasury officials claimed that there was no “plot” to exclude Fox News. In a January 2010 New Yorker magazine story, then-press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporter Ken Auletta: “This started over at Treasury, and when it got to the White House it was fixed.”
That does not seem to be an accurate claim, given the paper trail. Indeed, it seems that Treasury Department officials wanted to include Fox News and the White House didn’t want the cable outlet included.
The White House launched a “war” against FOX News and then lied about it. Anyone who has been paying attention should not be shocked by the “war” or the lying. Obama has told far worse lies and launched real wars so this is all small potatoes in the scheme of things. The war on FOX was a flop anyway.
Many people believe that Obama retaliated against FOX because he is thin skinned and petty. That is certainly true, but only partially. Even if Obama had skin like a rhino and a forgiving nature his administration would still be doing everything possible to manipulate and control the press.
The reason for that is because the clothes have no emperor. Obama is and always was an empty suit. Unlike Bill or Hillary Clinton who can hold impromptu press conferences and speak intelligently on a wide variety of subjects, in order to maintain what is left of the illusion of competence Obama has to resort to reading speeches and holding Potemkin press conferences where he faces nothing but softballs.
The media were complicit in creating the illusion that got Obama elected. If they quit cooperating he’s in trouble. If they give him even ten percent of the scrutiny they give to Sarah Palin he’s finished.