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Chris Wallace Calls Administration "Crybabies" Trying to Control the Media

Posted on September 20 2009 4:00 pm
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It’s President Barack Obama versus Fox News.  The fight is on!

Obama did interviews (to be aired today) with five stations to discuss his health care plan.  For some reason, the President and his people snubbed Fox News.  They even did an interview on Univision, but not Fox. Clearly the administration doesn’t want to deal with Fox.

But why?  Is it because Fox has the highest ratings?  Is it because Fox News actually helps break real stories like 9/11 Truther Van Jones and the ACORN prostitution scandal that no one else on cable or network news covers?  Is it simply because they don’t like Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity?  Chris Wallace has an idea why:

They are the biggest bunch of crybabies I have dealt with in my 30 years in Washington.

Wallace pulls no punches in this interview about the subject matter.  He reveals that the Obama administration does all it can to twist and turn the media.  They whine and complain any time the news folks cover a story in a way they don’t like. It’s amazing that the President, who promised to be open and up front with the media, is, according to Wallace, “working the umps all the time.”  Wallace then points out, “I think it works with the others, it doesn’t work with me.”

I guess Helen Thomas had it right a few months ago (even a broken clock is right twice a day) when she called out White House spokesman Robert Gibbs for being more closed and controlling than any other previous administration: “I’m amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency and you control…it’s a pattern of controlling the press.”

Thomas, who has covered every U.S. President since JFK, later said:

Nixon didn’t try to do that.  They couldn’t control [the media]. They didn’t try.  What the hell do they think we are, puppets?  They’re supposed to stay out of our business. They are our public servants. We pay them.

The Obama administration has already found distinction in trying harder to control the media than any previous administration. If  Thomas and Fox News agree on something, it must be true.  When you consider that this administration’s policies are projected to increase the U.S. debt in the next ten years more than every previous administration COMBINED, I think it’s time for them to stop crying and start answering questions.

Speaking of questions, I have one or two that need to be answered.  Could these media-control efforts by the Obama administration be directly related to the non-coverage of Van Jones and ACORN by the mainstream media?  Did the administration at any point directly or indirectly try to get media outlets to not cover these stories?  Based on what we are hearing, these are questions that need responses.

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