Obama Takes It to Fox, Netroots Leaves Him Out to Dry
by RichardFlatts, Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 05:27:19 AM EDT
Where are the letters to the editors (stamped envelopes still get the most attention)? Where are emails flooding in boxes? Where are the callers to the radio talk shows? Where is the support for Obama on the left?
This is reminding me of August and the townhall death panel bullshit, where conservatives, and drunk, lazy, or stupid (or all three) journalists ruled the day on health care and prgressive where on holiday. The White House has again mounted a charge only to find their troops are skulkers.
Fox News and talk radio are being allowed to define the battle ... again. The lazy media follows their lead absent anyone else helping them write a different story.
This simple act of calling Fox News what it is was a long time coming. I fear that without support the White House will abandon what I think is a fruitful strategy. Independent and moderate voters in this country need to know that Fox is not news. If White House gives up Fox wins, grows more powerful, and it will be a long time before a Democratic pol tries it again.
The White House as far as I know has not tried to muzzle anyone over at Fox the way the Bush White House did with Chris Matthews regarding the war in Iraq. The Obama White House has not tried to get anyone at Fox fired the way the Bush White House tried to get Olbermann fired. They simply stated an obvious fact that the collective media has been too weak, too scared to admit for many years now, Fox is biased and is 24/7 pro Republican, anti Democratic Party.
Progressives need to mount up and fight in this battle. We need to take it to the media (especially the print media) that defends Fox.