Video: White House Tries To Exclude Fox News From Pay Czar Interviews

This is just amazing. I thought that after having most respectable news organizations condemn the Obama administration’s recent attempts to delegitimize Fox News, some even calling it “Nixonian”, team Obama might back off a little bit.

But I was wrong:

My first impulse is to praise the White House Press Pool for standing with Fox on this. It’s no small thing for a country to have a free press, and we still do.  Thank God for that.

But as Allahpundit noted:

The other networks deserve the praise they’re getting for standing up to the Baby-in-Chief, but if they had acquiesced in this freezeout, a precedent would have been set that would have been eagerly used by future Republican presidents to close them off too. And don’t think they weren’t all keenly aware of it.

Drew M. at AoSHQ had this to say:

It’s amazing we are in the position we are. We have a President who is more interested in talking to murders around the world but is affraid to face a reporter who isn’t enthralled with the crease of his pants.

Wonderful.

Dan Riehl is  taken aback:

This weak administration is now certifiably insane. For the first time in my life I’m actually uncomfortable knowing that this guy has control of our military and Federal police forces. If he thinks he can simply shut down a member of the press on a whim, how long before he goes full Chavez?

(It’s not just me then…thinking along those lines).

Other media outlets rallied around Fox News so it didn’t play. And I would certainly hope the editorial pages around the country mirror that sentiment this weekend, though I’m not sure we can even trust them. Still, no matter what, I can’t see this playing with the American people at all. This guy’s approval ratings are already terrible. Don’t be surprised if they go down the tubes after this outrageous conduct.

Cassandra says, “The bloom is off the rose”….

You may want to check out her “Descent of Obama” photoshop, too.

William A. Jacobson, of Legal Insurrection, says the Obama administration has been acting like a schoolyard bully.

Yep, the kind of bully that picks on one particular kid out of  malevolent  jealousy, and tries to convince all the other kids not to play with him.

Doug Ross:

Perhaps the White House will next try to pull Fox News’ press pass.

That would be entirely consistent with the Hugo Chavez-style of government that President Axelrod and his advisers are trying to install.

I’m patiently waiting for the ACLU to stand up for freedom of the press and complain to President Obama about quashing Fox’s First Amendment rights.

My own photoshop effort:

TrickyobamaIII

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Video: Congressman Mike Pence Defends Conservative Media

Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence defended conservative media on the floor of the House, in the wake of  the White House’s continued assault against Fox News and conservative media:

“So to my friends in the so-called mainstream media, I say, conservative talk show hosts may not speak for everybody but they speak for more Americans than you do.”


Video: Obama “Not Losing Sleep” Over Fox News

Uh huh:

After Obama pretended that the question was a distraction from more important issues, the NBC  interviewer reminded him that it was his advisers (Emanuel and Axelrod, and Maoist, Anita Dunn) who raised the issues.

His incoherent answer:

“I think what our advisers have said is that we are going to take the media as it comes, and if media is operating, basically as a talk radio format, then, that’s one thing, and if it is operating as a news outlet, then that’s another, but It’s not something that I’m losing a lot of sleep over.”

It’s embarrassingly absurd that he would continue to conflate Fox News’ opinion shows with their straight news, as if they’re any different in that regard from  other networks. As he well knows, the difference between Fox News, and MSNBC’s opinion programming is that Fox News slants to the right, and MSNBC is far left.

If you want to see Obama’s “lie face”, freeze frame at the 1:17 mark, and watch his eyes narrow, and eyebrows go up, as he says, “It’s nothing I lose sleep over”.

Uhhhh-huh.

Glenn Beck  doesn’t get under his skin at all.

Video: Dick Cheney Rips Obama On Foreign Policy

Former Vice President, Dick Cheney delivered this barn-burner last night, after accepting the  Keeper of the Flame Award at The Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC.  He was introduced by Senator Jon Kyl and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Text of speech, here.

Ouch. Consider that just a little constructive criticism from Uncle Dick.

Will the Obama administration heed the criticism and make amends, or attack the messenger and continue on their path of dithering destruction?

(That was a rhetorical question).

Via Hot Air