Friday, October 23, 2009

Rules For Presidents (Who Emulate Hugo Chavez)

Quoting James Taranto at the WSJ Opinion Journal
(I inserted the last eight links):
“Blogger Donald Sensing has a fascinating analysis of President Obama's war against Fox News. He describes the effort as ‘directly out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.’ Alinsky was the author of ‘Rules for Radicals,’ bible of left-wing community organizers. One of his rules, or ‘power tactics’: ‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.’ Sensing analyzes how Obama is carrying out this advice…

It's hard to see any way in which the White House's war on Fox makes sense. The aim of the effort seems to be to contain the political damage from stories like the Van Jones and Acorn scandals, which Fox reported well ahead of most media outlets, by encouraging journalists at those outlets to think of Fox as illegitimate.

But that is their natural inclination anyway; it is the reason Fox was out in front on those stories. Other news organizations were embarrassed to be so badly scooped--and rightly so, because it exposed them as, at best, lacking a nose for news and, at worst, being in the tank for the Obama White House. The role of Obama courtier may suit Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow just fine, but for any real journalist, being blessed as ‘legitimate’ by a powerful politician is a challenge to prove one's independence.”
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