Saturday, October 24, 2009

Obama attacks Fox to stop growing criticism

Wall Street Journal

Blogger Donald Sensing has a fascinating analysis of President Obama's war against Fox News. He describes the effort as "directly out of the Saul Alinsky playbook." Alinsky was the author of "Rules for Radicals," bible of left-wing community organizers. One of his rules, or "power tactics": "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Sensing analyzes how Obama is carrying out this advice: [...]


Late last month, the senior White House adviser David Axelrod and Roger Ailes, chairman and chief executive of Fox News, met in an empty Midtown Manhattan steakhouse before it opened for the day, neutral ground secured for a secret tête-à-tête.

Mr. Ailes, who had reached out to Mr. Axelrod to address rising tensions between the network and the White House, told him that Fox’s reporters were fair, if tough, and should be considered separate from the Fox commentators who were skewering President Obama nightly, according to people briefed on the meeting. Mr. Axelrod said it was the view of the White House that Fox News had blurred the line between news and anti-Obama advocacy.[...]


  1. Someone once said about the press,
    Never get into a print war with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

    Apparently the current administration has yet to learn that lesson. Ultimately the other networks will come to the aid of Fox as they see that if one can be censored, then it is short order before they all are.

  2. You are mistaken about the Liberal networks supporting Fox. Obama is their False Messiah.

    What is different this time is that dictator Obama is trying to push through "the Fairness Doctrine" as law, a misnomer if ever there was one. Like in George Orwell's Marxist-Lenninist Animal Farm, he will be able to shut down any media outlet that he claims is divisive.

    Most people do not realize just how dangerous Obama is. The White House even opened an email address for citizens to snitch on fellow citizens who are "spreading rumors" that Obama feels are counter-productive against his Socialized Medicine scam.

  3. I realize exactly how dangerous he is. FDR did the same things he is doing now. Democracy will survive. The US will survive.

  4. Recipients and PublicityOctober 25, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Obama Watc reports from Things to watch for during a “Declared National Emergency” (Canada Free Press, October 24, 2009):

    "Marion Valentine lists some of the Executive Orders that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights during Obama's "Declared National Emergency." These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:

    Executive Order 10990 allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

    Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

    Executive Order 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

    Executive Order 10998 allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

    Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

    Executive Order 11001 allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

    Executive Order 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.

    Executive Order 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

    Executive Order 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

    Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

    Executive Order 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

    Executive Order 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

    Here are the later Executive Orders:

    Executive Order 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

    Executive Order 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

    Executive Order 12148 created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that is to interface with the Department of Defense for civil defense planning and funding. An "emergency czar" was appointed. FEMA has only spent about 6 percent of its budget on national emergencies, the bulk of their funding has been used for the construction of secret underground facilities to assure continuity of government in case of a major emergency, foreign or domestic.

    Executive Order 12656 appointed the National Security Council as the principal body that should consider emergency powers. This allows the government to increase domestic intelligence and surveillance of U.S. citizens and would restrict the freedom of movement within the United States and granted the government the right to isolate large groups of civilians. The National Guard could be federalized to seal all borders and take control of U.S. air space and all ports of entry.

    All it takes is a stroke of Obama's pen to enact any or all of these Executive Orders -- scary, huh?"

  5. Recipients and PublicityOctober 25, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Why oh why is Obama and his regime so angry at the Fox network, could it be that Fox is pulling the rug from under the Maoists in the White House and who knows where it will lead, to the Maoist-in-Chief?

    From World Net

    "White House boasts: We 'control' news media

    Communications chief offers shocking confession to foreign government

    October 18, 2009

    By Aaron Klein

    TEL AVIV – President Obama's presidential campaign focused on "making" the news media cover certain issues while rarely communicating anything to the press unless it was "controlled," White House Communications Director Anita Dunn disclosed to the Dominican government at a videotaped conference.

    "Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control," said Dunn.

    "One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters," said Dunn, referring to Plouffe, who was Obama's chief campaign manager.

    "We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it," Dunn said.

    Continued Dunn: "Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it, what the tactic was. … Making the press cover what we were saying."

    Video of Dunn's remarks at the conference.>Video of Dunn's remarks at the conference.

    Dunn was speaking at a Jan. 12, 2009, event focusing on Obama's media tactics and hosted by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, which seeks to promote collaboration between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. The event was held in Santo Domingo and was attended by the country's president.

    Dunn has been facing some criticism since she led a White House campaign last week against Fox News, slamming the top-rated network as an "arm of the Republican Party" and "opinion journalism masquerading as news."

    Fox hit back this past Friday, releasing a video of Dunn speaking to high school students last June in which she lists her two "favorite political philosophers," including Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung, whose draconian policies are blamed for the deaths of tens of millions of people.

    Video of Dunn's speech, broadcast during a segment of Glenn Beck's evening show on the Fox News Channel, can be seen below:

    Obama Cabinet Member Anita Dunn: Mao Tse Tung "Favorite Philosopher"; Truth is subjective

    With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott"


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