Unbelievable and chilling. Any guesses on what they might do next?
Unprecedented: White House tries to ban FOX from press pool
Today the White House stepped up its attack on Fox News, announcing that the network would no longer be able to conduct interviews with officials as a member of the Press Pool. The Pool is a five-member group consisting of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC organized by the White House Correspondents Association. Its membership is not subject to oversight by the government.Dan Riehl:
Before an interview with "Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg, the administration announced that Fox News would be banned from the press pool. This marks the first time in history that an administration had attempted to ban an entire network from the press pool.
To their credit, the other networks objected. They told the White House that if Fox were banned, none of the other networks would participate. The White House relented, but in an apparent act of petulant retaliation, it restricted each network to a two-minute interview instead of the standard five.
This weak administration is now certifiably insane. For the first time in my life I'm actually uncomfortable knowing that this guy has control of our military and Federal police forces. If he thinks he can simply shut down a member of the press on a whim, how long before he goes full Chavez?Allahpundit:
The other networks deserve the praise they’re getting for standing up to the Baby-in-Chief, but if they had acquiesced in this freezeout, a precedent would have been set that would have been eagerly used by future Republican presidents to close them off too. And don’t think they weren’t all keenly aware of it.Click here for Charles Krauthammer's reaction.
*Friday morning updates:
The Weekly Standard's coverage includes video from the FOX News panel with Fred Barnes and Mr. Krauthammer. Note the word "escalate" in TWS's headline, as in Alinsky's "identify, isolate, freeze and escalate."
Reactions: AoSHQ, Moe Lane, many more at Memeorandum.
Follow-up: "This is what dictators do."
Linked at Michelle Malkin (buzzworthy)
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