President Barack Obama accused Fox News as operating in a talk radio format. Fox News only strengthened that argument Sunday as they allowed only White House detractors to comment on the situation. Chris Wallace went so far as to suggest the White House was using mob tactics in it’s “war against Fox News.” Of course, Fox couldn’t find any White House defenders to appear on the Sunday talk show.
It’s “what some people are calling the administration’s Chicago way of doing business,” said Wallace referring to a scene from the classic mobster movie “The Untouchables.” Wallace’s comparison follows other commentary by the right wing echo chamber. The Wall Street Journal‘s Kimberly Strassel was one of the first:
A White House set on kneecapping its opponents isn’t, of course, entirely new. (See: Nixon) What is a little novel is the public and bare-knuckle way in which the Obama team is waging these campaigns against the other side.
Glenn Beck followed the script with a rant about the White House “beatdown” of its enemies the following day.
That’s the Chicago way and now we have it in Washington with Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama.
What was it that Obama promised on the campaign trail? Oh yeah, a “new kind of politics.” America didn’t think the “new” politics would be even worse than the “old” politics.
Agree with the administration? Fantastic. Dare to stand in the way of “reform”? Uh-oh.
No longer is it a gentlemen’s disagreement that can be debated. No, you are going to play ball or get a beatdown.
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Oct. 25, 2009.