October 8th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
5 years ago

White House: Fox is 'opinion journalism masquerading as news'

(CNN) - The Obama White House is ramping up its offensive against Fox News.

This summer, President Obama signaled his unhappiness with the network. "We've got one television station entirely devoted to attacking my administration."

Over the past month, that discontent has translated into an all-out war against Fox. Last month, Obama notably skipped a sitdown with Fox as he plugged his health care bill in one-on-one interviews on every other major news network. Earlier this month, the White House published a rare blog post directly attacking a news organization, slamming Fox for its "disregard for the facts" and pointing readers to an independent fact-checking organization that had debunked "more Fox lies."

Now, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn is questioning whether Fox is in the news business at all. "It's opinion journalism masquerading as news," she told Time of the news network, in an interview released Thursday. Dunn also made it clear this won't be the last White House blast aimed at the network: "They are boosting their audience. But that doesn't mean we are going to sit back."


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soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. Seriously, Left

    Get over it Mr. President....not everyone is your yes man. BTW which network is killing everyone else in the ratings? For years now? And let me guess, he thinks MSNBC is real news! LOL

    October 8, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter

    Why is the MSM burying the story about Glenn Beck's alleged activities in 1990? Why has he not come out with a statement addressing the allegations? Have a nice day!

    October 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. I can see Canada from my house!

    About time.

    October 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Fitz

    All you guys talking about other networks and not Fox being in the tank for Obama. Why do you think they fact check Fox so much and no other network? why don't Fox suggest they fact check MSNBC? Where is the story that opinion journalist on MSNBC did that was fact checked to be wrong? Fox tells lies about ACORN and drum up everything, even when proven wrong.

    MSNBC tells the story about Acorn, what they did and why it was wrong, then they state the obvious. Others have done the same thing so why vilify the entire group for a few bad apples. There is a difference. Hannity just lies, like telling Moore he went to church but couldn't say what they talked about only 2 days after.

    October 8, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Hillary 2012

    If Oblunder and company actually created some jobs and stopped crying...they would have less critics.

    Are they going to whine and cry if Iran does not give up the nukes?

    Lamest community organizer masquerading as president EVER.

    October 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. RCasson

    Love it! Glad the WH called them out on the CRAP they call News!!

    October 8, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. EBJ

    I see that FoxNews has slacked up using it's old slogan of "Fair and Balanced" and no go with "We report, You decide" which is about the most accurate and honest thing they have ever done. Unless you leaned to the right there was NOTHING fair and balanced in their reporting and I guess since you now have more news organizations such as MSNBC and politicians calling them out on some of their biased reporting they had to change it. If you're going to be the PRAVADA for the GOP and far right this is a free country, go ahead and admit it. It didn't take a rocket scientist to see that they were.

    October 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. jenny

    i am very proud to say i watch fox news. im am not a nazi or unamerican or any of the other words used by most of you and the liberal twits. the reason i watch fox is they give the most direct truthful and unbiased reporting. at least i can say i have an open mind, which many of you seem to not have. iam a well educated professional who is also not brainwashed. i just happen to know right from wrong and truth from fiction. maybe if all the other news outlets wouldnt cuddle the left wing zealots and would tell the truth i might also watch them.

    October 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. shmeckel

    Not smart for the leader of the free world to criticize the free press. I have a hard time watching fox also, but there are a lot more stations falling off the left side. Unfortunately FOX is the only news channel that is not leaning left (so I figure the have to make up for it). CNN is close to center but slightly left.

    Instead of speaking out against the free press maybe you should listen. Just because they are not accurate on everything doesn’t mean they don’t bring up a lot of points.

    As far as those fact check sites; every one of them is labeled FALSE but when you read them they usually are "mostly true" (not all the time just most of the time).

    October 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. frodo

    The slippery slope we're on...

    Bush put fences around the RNC convention and kept protesters away from his appearances...thus limiting free speech. And Obama is trying to do the same thing with a network.

    When the Democrats and Republicans try to limit opposition through control of speech, we all lose out as Americans.

    Both Parties have de facto supported the wars, both have left Gitmo open, both have taken more of our tax money and increased spending....

    Please stop voting for these two parties.!!!!!

    October 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Andy from CA

    The Fox network should more aptly be named NBC; The Neocon Broadcasting Corporation.

    October 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. mdm

    heard one time you don't want to get into a pissin' contest with a news outfit that buys ink by the barrel....same thought might apply here...

    October 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Chris

    It is about time the called FOX out!!!
    It is Conservative bias media pure and simple!!!

    October 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Biased

    No matter what you may think of the Foc Channel personally, it is no business of the Office of the President and the White House to conduct their own personal vendetta on a channel that doesn't fawn over them.
    This is an indication that this White House is STILL and cannot break themselves of a neverending campaign mode rather than governing. It is unseemly and unpresidential for anyone in the White House to also engage in the demeaning of so many Americans who happen to watch that channel for whatever reason.

    October 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    It seems Obama blames the disrest from the hard working taxpayers on Beck and FOXX. Sounds like Obama is worried when FOXX encourages people to "ask bold questions" and think, not blindly accept! Sorry Obama, not everyone wants to drink the koolaid and whether you agree or not with FOXX, the WH has NO right to interfere with FREE SPEACH! It is a shame more people cannot listen to both sides and ferret out fact. Do you honestly believe in Obama as a leader....an inexperienced man we know little about? He has already proven his inability to be fiscally responsible nor a "commander in chief".

    October 8, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Sgt. USMC

    That's what I'm talking about. It's time to put these bozos in their place. No more HATE... FOX. Report the facts and get rid of Sean. He's useless to say the least.

    October 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Hypocrisy

    So only when it's lavish praise for Obama is it objective journalism, but since it's all critical of you then it's 'opinion journalism masquerading as news'? Well, the other networks are starting to wear off from your charm, so what will they be next?

    October 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. Jack

    CNN is just jealous because they can't have the number 1 rated morning show. Too bad the President has decided that he wants to ignore Fox News channel and their viewers. It only goes to prove that he has no interest in the "transparent" administration he promised. Just another one of Obama's broken promises.

    October 8, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Jim

    i find it just amazing that so many right wingers seem to think that since most americans do not agree with them, we, as a country, must be heading for a communist regime.

    when will the republicans stop being part of the problem and start being part of the solution.

    October 8, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Lee in TN

    It is no secret that Fox News is really the Republican News Network (RNN). It spent the entire Bush/Cheney years just like republican senators and representatives, blindly defending any practice the administration implemented. It is now being driven by owner Rupert Murdoch, who is a close personal friend of the Bush family, to attack the Obama Administration. Their agenda is to discredit any politician who has not sold their soul to big business and Wall Street.

    October 8, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  21. MommaM

    I am happy to see the President taking this action. There are many people who take what FOX News has to say as fact – they are hurting this country in their hunt for ratings. Good job Mr. President! I hope you succeed!

    October 8, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. cfoster

    Fox News is full of crap to much crying. I think all cable news networks has too much opinion based news. I think Fox goes over board with theirs to a point. No one complained about Bush's czars not evenn Beck and he had his stupid face on HLN last years.

    October 8, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. frodo

    It's just so frustrating to hear people arguing heads or tails from the two parties, when the outcomes have been the same: more taxes, more spending, more military actions...

    There is an alternative...throw away the coin and look at other options. The drive to be different excludes the possiblities of us working together to find common ground. When was the last time you were at a caucus, where they tried to put people into larger groups for a vote???? They always try to segment the group down to the smallest detail that divides them. This is why we've become a nation of issue debates rather than general direction and unity.

    October 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Limbaugh is a liberal

    And this is news how?

    October 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  25. Desiree Wright

    What does the White House consider MSNBC?? If any network doesn't have the facts it is that one but I guess since their lies support the Obama administration it is ok.

    October 8, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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