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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The White House Should Damn The Critics and Go Full Speed Ahead Against Fox News
Since the Obama White House has been candid about Fox News being a partisan operation posing as a news outlet, the push back from Fox has been predictable. A few nonpartisans has also questioned the White House's marginalizing of Fox. Here are the main objections:
1. The Obama White House is creating an "enemies list" against journalists, the same way that the Nixon White House acted toward The Washington Post and New York Times. Glenn Beck, appealing to journalists in other media outlets, compared the White House's actions to those of the Nazis. This, of course, is sophistry. The Nixon White House targeted The Post because they were engaging in legitimate journalism that resulted in Nixon's resignation. On the other hand, the Obama White house is calling a spade a spade.
2. Many of Fox News viewers are Democrats and independents, and the White House needs to reach out to these viewers, and that by marginalizing Fox, they are turning off these viewers. Fox News Democrat Pat Caddell recently made this argument on Glenn Beck's Fox News program. As I have pointed out previously, the best way to reach out to non-wing-nut Fox News viewers is to marginalize Fox and inform these people that Fox is not a legitimate news organization. By publicizing FNC's opposition to real journalism, it will turn off non-wing-nuts, leaving Fox with a rump viewership which will further marginalize it.
3. The Obama White House is only helping Fox News by increasing their ratings. Some people who are no fan of Fox News have made this argument on various cable show. However, this is a fallacious argument because, on cable, Fox News is the only game in town when it comes to legitimizing the wing-nut delusions of the hardcore twenty percent of the population that views Obama as a Kenyan-born usurper who is simultaneously a godless communist and a radical Muslim who wants to impose Sharia Law and socialism on Americans. Because the White House is taking on Fox, it will increase the number of wing-nuts watching it, but it will also decrease the number of non-wing-nuts watching it.
There is simply no reason why the Obama White House shouldn't stay the course.
UPDATE: One recent example of Fox News' agenda.