WH Comm Dir: Fox News is Arm of GOP
by Jonathan Singer, Sun Oct 11, 2009 at 02:45:24 PM EDT
White House Communications Director Anita Dunn is on the mark:
The reality of it is that Fox News often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. And it's not ideological. I mean, obviously there are many commentators who are conservative, liberal, centrist, and everybody understands that. What I think is fair to say about Fox is -- and certainly the way we view it -- is that it really is more of a wing of the Republican Party.
Coming on the heels of the Obama White House's public snubbing of Fox News, this decision to call the network what it is -- a thoroughly partisan entity, not a news organization -- is another positive step from a communications team that is realizing that while it is important to reach out to the other side, there is only value in reaching out to those who are good faith actors rather than opposition hacks.