Five years after activist director Robert Greenwald woke the country up to the Republican Party agenda of Fox News Channel with his bestselling documentary OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism, Linda Feldmann suggests that President Obama and his team shouldn’t be raising the issue in this essay in the Christian Science Monitor. I’m not so sure; although Greenwald & co. made it obvious to the media that FNC was essentially a propaganda tool for the RNC, the message seemingly hasn’t seeped in deeply enough for the average American TV viewer:
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The Obama administration has taken a fair amount of grief for its campaign to marginalize Fox News, saying the cable network is “not a news organization” but rather “the communications arm of the Republican Party.”
Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, not a fire-breathing conservative, calls it “dumb on multiple levels” – a distraction from policy messages, a boost to Fox ratings, and, she writes, “it deprives the White House, to the extent it refuses to provide administration officials to appear on the cable network, of access to an audience that is, in fact, broader than hardcore Obama-haters.”
Stephen Hess, a Brookings Institution scholar on White House press relations going back decades, says, “It makes them in the White House look terribly political, and political means petty in our lexicon.”
The White House has also opened itself up to charges that it is creating an “enemies list,” à la President Richard Nixon – a charge made on the Senate floor Wednesday by Sen.