Friday, October 23, 2009

You Have the Freedom to Do As I Say


The Obama administration on Thursday tried to make "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg available for interviews to every member of the White House pool except Fox News.

The Washington bureau chiefs of the five TV networks decided that none of their reporters would interview Feinberg unless Fox News was included; the rules of the news network pool simply prohibited it.

To which I say: hooray the networks!

"I'm really cheered by the other members saying "No, if Fox can't be part of it, we won't be part of it,'" said Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, calling the move to limit Feinberg's availability "outrageous."

"What it's really about to me is the Executive Branch of the government trying to tell the press how it should behave..." he said.

Rep. Mike Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, said conservative commentators speak more for Americans than the national media outlets that have targeted them for criticism.

"Goaded on by a White House increasingly intolerant of criticism, lately the national media has taken aim at conservative commentators in radio and television," the Indiana Republican said on the House floor. "Suggesting that they only speak for a small group of activists and even suggesting in one report today that Republicans in Washington are 'worried about their electoral effect.' Well, that's hogwash."


Kindred Spirit said...

At least the press have got the "one for all and all for one" part down; I think that they've just risen a bit in my estimation. Inconceivable!

dolorosa said...

Who was it that started using the "Czar" title anyhow? Pete and I were just talking about this today. Was it the media? It seems to me the Rulers of Russia (Fr. Fahey) have taken over the U.S. now.