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Fox News sells out by accepting Obama interview

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Politico‘s Mike Allen reports:

President Obama sits down at the White House this afternoon with Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News’ ‘Special Report’ and former chief White House correspondent. A White House official: ‘Many of the falsehoods and myths about health reform gained traction with Glenn Beck and others on FOX, so the President is returning to the scene of the crime to make the final sale. As we have said, we will work with Fox where it serves our communications interests, and this does.’ The interview is sure to have a huge echo effect because of past White House criticism of Fox, and is a creative way to break through the health care white noise. Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer offered the interview to Baier on Monday.

I, and probably many others, might have respected Fox more if it had said something to this effect: “No, thanks, Mr. Pfeiffer. Until the president or Mr. Gibbs releases a statement saying the Administration was wrong to discredit Fox News as a news organization, dismissing us as a mere propaganda firm, we’ll respectfully decline. You say our station ‘serves [your] communications interests,’ does it? Well, as long as we’re just a propaganda propagator of the right wing in your eyes, we’ll act like it: till we get our apology, your propaganda isn’t welcome here.”

It would have made for great news, ratings, and added a bit of heft to the Fox organization if it had had the stones to stand up to the Propagandist in Chief.