FLASHBACK: That Time Obama Declared War on FOX News and Wanted To Limit Their Access
As the Jim Acosta covfefe continues to make the rounds, let’s hop in the way back machine and travel to 2009, when then-President Obama took aim at FOX news.
On October 11th, 2009, The New York Times reported:
Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House tactic but to an unusual degree, the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to one specific organization, the Fox News Channel, calling it, in essence, part of the political opposition.
“We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,” said Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, in a telephone interview on Sunday. “As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”
Fox seems to relish the controversy.
“Instead of governing, the White House continues to be in campaign mode, and Fox News is the target of their attack mentality,” Michael Clemente, the channel’s senior vice president for news, said in a statement on Sunday. “Perhaps the energy would be better spent on the critical issues that voters are worried about.”
“I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration,” he [Obama] said in June, though he did not mention Fox by name. He added, “You’d be hard pressed if you watched the entire day to find a positive story about me on that front.”
The White House has limited administration members’ appearances on the network in recent weeks. In mid-September, when the White House booked Mr. Obama on a round robin of Sunday morning talk shows, it skipped Fox and called it an “ideological outlet,” leading the “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace to appear on Bill O’Reilly’s prime-time show and call the administration “the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington.”
Except none of the FOX News reporters overstepped their boundaries, like Acosta did.
FOX News merely covered the events and asked questions, they didn’t take opportunities to go on self aggrandizing diatribes in front of the President.
But it’s perfectly alright with the far left when someone with a D next to their name tosses around that kind of hyperbole.