Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Jake Tapper puts Gibbs on the spot over war on Fox

Jake Tapper today put White House spokescritter Robert Gibbs on the spot, asking him why it's appropriate for the Obama administration to decide what is and is not a news organization.
Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” -- why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

Gibbs: That’s our opinion.
Typical Obama White House response: "Because shut up."

It doesn't surprise me to see Tapper, never squeamish about holding the Obama administration to account, call them out on this. But even ultra-lib Helen Thomas is objecting to the White House war on Fox News. She's been around long enough to know that this is a bad precedent and once they tire of Fox News, they can turn their ire on any news organization not toeing the Obama line.

Update: Awesome. Via Breitbart.tv, Brit Hume wonders how CNN and company "like being patted on the head and given the seal of approval by the White House". The line comes at around 0:51 into the clip.

Update 2: Add the Washington Post's Ruth Marcus to those chiding the White House for their idiocy.

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