Sunday, October 18, 2009
A First in Modern Politics
Never in the history of modern politics has a President forbid his Administration officials to talk or be interviewed by a major news agency - especially the #1 news agency in the country. But that's exactly what President Obama has done with Fox News. There's only one reason I can think of why Obama would do such a thing. The reason is fear - fear of being caught in a lie. In Chicago politics, if there's someone who disagrees with you or holds you accountable, you cut them off at the knees. Chicago politicians don't convince by using good reason and common sense. They convince by eliminating the opposition. Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff, is the epitome of a Chicago politician.
It's interesting to look at how the Bush, Clinton, and Nixon administrations handled tough questions and being held accountable for their actions. Not one of them cut off a major network for asking tough questions. Bush continually sent his administration officials to face the press despite the rising opposition becoming obvious, especially at NBC and CBS. CNN has often been referred to as the Clinton News Network, until the Lewinsky affair when even CNN asked tough questions. Nixon even compiled an "Enemies List", but didn't cut off a news network.
However, there were others who have used similar techniques to attempt to control the media. Presidents from the countries of Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, and Iran are some current examples. We need to look at what Obama is doing very closely. There's a reason he's cutting off Fox News and I don't think it's a good one. Be suspicious, very suspicious.