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"A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures."
  -- Daniel Webster

Friday, October 23, 2009 :::

Permit me to take credit for something.

Last week, someone at the White House said they wouldn't be cooperating with Fox News because it's "not a real news organization". Well, they do have O'Reilly and Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck and a few other opinion shows. But Chris Wallace's and Brett Baier's shows are fair, fact-oriented shows which, unlike CNN's attempted news shows, are more likely to fact-check their own reporting than Saturday Night Live sketches.

But this is actually a bit unfair: Beck's show is heavily biased, and nobody claims otherwise, but he has broken some stories that had previously been ignored, most notably Van Jones.

Which, as Rich Lowry pointed out a New York Times story this morning mentioned. Lowry summarized:
This New York Times account today confirms that what most bothered the White House about Fox is that it caused inconvenient reporting by other news organizations. Can't have that!
I emailed my — if I do say so myself — pithier version, which he included as an update:
In other words, their problem is not that Fox isn't a real news organization, their problem is that it is.
Which line Instapundit has now picked up.

Incidentally, Charles Krauthammer also has a good column on the White House's war on Fox.


::: posted by Steven at 9:23 PM

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