Obama administration officials said Fox News Channel “isn’t news.”
Outrage ensues from everyone including Fox News, Joe Scarborough, Jake Tapper and Dana Perino who referred to it as something “dictators do.”
The Bush administration, on the other hand…
-Used reporters to out a CIA agent, then sat by and watched reporters go to jail to protect their sources.
-Paying Armstrong Williams, Michael McManus, and Maggie Gallagher and others for favorable opinions about WH policies or to attack opponents of the WH.
-Planting Jeff Gannon to lob softball questions.
-Fed reporters misinformation about WMD in Iraq, then used those reporters stories as corroborating evidence of the existence of WMD in Iraq.
-treated Helen Thomas like a leper.
-waged a coordinated campaign against NBC.
-kicked all the NY Times reporters off of their planes.
-the Pentagon Pundit program, which sold the war by planting former military officers on networks. Uncovering this story earned a journalist the fucking Pulitzer.
-Staged mock press conferences with FEMA employees pretending to be reporters.
-allowed Ari Fleischer to tell everyone (but directed at journalists) they needed to “watch what they say and what they do.”
Damn you, Obama, for being so mean to Fox News Channel!