White House critique of the news media

Not since the Nixon administration have we had a White House from which something like this could come:

“We’re doing what we think is important to make sure news is covered as fairly as possible,” a White House official told POLITICO, noting how the recent ACORN scandal story started because Fox covered it “breathlessly for weeks on end.”

The source is talking, of course, about the White House’s declaration that Fox News is not a real news organization. (A friend of mine pointed out that this could be said of all TV news outlets, but I digress.)

My question is, why in the world should anyone in the White House be worried about how a news org is covering something? Where in the Constitution does it say that the federal government is responsible for how a news organization covers something?

This is something that is normally discussed in a classroom or in the media, or on the Net. In other words, by private citizens. But it’s totally inappropriate for the White House to take upon itself the role of judging the validity of a news organization. And they know it, too. Witness this give-and-take between ABC’s Jake Tapper and the White House’s Robert Gibbs.

What’s next? Movie recommendations? CD suggestions?

This is another example of Barack Obama’s unfitness to govern.


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