While this blog may not be the most recent in the outpouring of material on the controversy between Fox News and the Obama White House, it does address the appropriateness of the White House's apparently controversial policy of standing up for itself in response to the constant onslaught directed toward it from the Fox News Network. As the blog appears on the site MediaMatters.org, one can assume that the intended audience consists of people of generally left-leaning attitudes, people who will recognize that the first sentence (fragment) of the blog, and even the blog's title are stated sarcastically, that the opinion being expressed is opposite that actually stated. The author's credibility is strong for a blog, as MediaMatters is a site of some reputation (credible enough to be a recommended source in this class :-).
The argument implied in the blog is that the White House is right to speak up in defense of itself in the face of the constant onslaught coming from the Fox Network, despite its being depicted as being a bully or lowering itself. The author cites a Time article that announced the "new White House strategy," as well as several video clips and blogs, which provide extremely effective support for the author's claim that, since the major news networks are not responding to Fox's claims, not clarifying anything themselves, leaving the facts so obscured by crap on all fronts, the Obama Administration is justified in wanting to "call 'em out."
I whole-heartedly agree with this assertion, though I wish it were not a necessary step. I shake my head at what has become of our beloved press. For a more detailed harangue, not really appropriate for this assignment, see the previous post.
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