Saturday, October 17, 2009

Unintended Consequences

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The Obama administration has come out in their usual heavy-handed fashion against Fox News. Let's forget the simple fact that a free and open media is one of the pillars of our great nation and challenging those in power was their sole duty; it's unseemly that a sitting president with a 9.8% unemployment rate and soldiers dying daily in a war he supports aims his power at a privately-owned news company.

News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch says that the attacks from the White House have increased viewers dramatically:

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch said on Friday that White House criticism of commentators on his Fox News television channel had served to "tremendously" increase their ratings.

"There were some strong remarks coming out of the White House about one or two of the commentators on Fox News," Murdoch told the annual meeting of News Corp. shareholders here.

"And all I can tell you is that it's tremendously increased their ratings," he said.

Murdoch's remarks came after White House Communications Director Anita Dunn told The New York Times earlier this week that Fox News was "undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House."

I still find it humorous that the administration wheeled out a Maoist to lead the charge against Fox as a whole and Hannity and Glenn Beck in particular. The Obamatons are amateurs on all fronts.

Here's the story from Fox News:

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