The White House has a new communications director and he's just as adorably misguided as the previous one.
During an interview with The New York Times' The Caucus blog, Dan Pfeiffer (no relation to Michelle who still has my sweater), explained his revolutionary point of view toward Fox News Channel:
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WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR DAN PFEIFFER: I have the same view of Fox that Anita had, which is that Fox is not, is not a traditional news organization. They have a point of view. That point of view pervades the entire network, both the opinion shows, like Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly, but also through the newscasts during the day. We, our relationship with Fox is we will, we don't feel an obligation to treat them like we would treat a CNN or an ABC or an NBC or a traditional news organization, but there are times when we believe it makes sense to communicate with them and appear on the network.
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Well, thanks for that. Glad to know "there are times" when the White House might drop Fox News a line about upcoming Easter egg hunts and what not.
Anyway, let's examine this hypocrisy for what it is: hypocrisy.
Fact is, if Dan feels this way about Fox News, he should feel the same about MSNBC, a sweaty outfit covered in a burqa of bias. Also, you might include: NPR, PBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, Hollywood, the arts, the guy who works at Starbucks, my Pilates instructor (who smells like votive candles) and anyone from "60 Minutes." Oh, and why not those kids at Newsweek or Time, who turned their rags into Tiger Beat "Obama Collector Editions" — the only things missing were dream journal stickers.
Look, President Obama has gotten better media coverage than God (or Bono), but the White House is pissed they can't have everything. They're like the angry kid on the playground who wants to take his ball and go home if he can't pitch, bat clean up and keep score. And that's partly why Fox News Channel beats CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in total viewers every weeknight during prime-time.
Fox News may be the Goliath, but the White House keeps making it look like David. Which is kind of awesome, but not for them.
And if you disagree with me, you're probably a racist homophobe who wears fur.