Crossposted at The Rockefeller Republican.
Disagreement over the White House's recent strategy to alienate FoxNews came from a surprising place…MSNBC.According to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, the administration’s repeated attacks on Fox Newsare an attempt to send a message to the rest of the news media: “Fox isn’t a real news organization, so the stories it generates aren’t real news.”
Wednesday's edition of “Morning Joe” reported on an exchange between ABC Correspondent Jake Tapper and White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs where Tapper questioned whether it was “appropriate” for the administration to be deciding what news organizations are legitimate.
“I think Jake Tapper was onto what we got onto yesterday morning, because we’ve been having this debate: ‘Does this make sense for them to shoot down at Fox News?’” said host Joe Scarborough.
But Fox, Scarborough said, is not the target. “The White House isn’t attacking Fox news to attack Fox News. They’re playing the media. They’re saying ‘Please, don’t follow the ACORN stories. Don’t follow the Van Jones stories. Don’t follow any stories they bring up because they’re not a news organization.’”
When even administration cheerleader MSNBC is against your tactics you know you have over stepped. There is a dangerous slippery slope here.
If one network's perceived “slant'' is motivation for a White House media attack, what about the others? It sounds like a question of friends and enemies — and enemy lists invoke a a period of American history we would all rather not repeat.