Friday, June 19, 2009


Now they're whining about ABC being privileged by getting access to the White House for an upcoming special on health care, saying that this is unprecedented because no network has ever had access like this. They seem to have forgotten the "unprecedented access" they had during the Bush disaster to not only the White House, but also Air Force One, the Oval Office, and the ranch at Crawford, Texas.

From Think Progress:

Hannity: Only Fox News Deserves ‘Unprecedented Access’ To The White House

Wednesday night on Fox News, Sean Hannity interviewed Karl Rove about ABC’s upcoming special “Questions for the President: Prescription for America,” which will feature President Obama answering “questions offered by audience members ‘selected by ABC News who have divergent opinions in this historic debate’” on health care. Hannity and Rove — echoing a recent Washington Times piece — raised questions about what they called the “unprecedented access to the White House” granted to ABC for their “infomercial” on health care reform:

HANNITY: Karl, it seems rather unprecedented. You were there in the White House for the better part of eight years. Did this ever happened while George W. Bush was president?

ROVE: You know, look, it’s normal for the networks to want to come in and do an interview inside the White House or to get a glimpse behind the curtain as to what goes on there. This is an unprecedented access to the White House and more importantly an unprecedented use of the White House. I can’t remember a time when the network came in and was going to devote a significant block of time to covering an issue that was on the president’s agenda.

As Media Matters first noted, when Fox News’ Bret Baier was granted “unprecedented access” to the White House in Feb. 2008, the network billed it as a “documentary,” not an “infomercial.” Further, Fox was not only welcomed into the White House, but aboard Air Force One, to Bush’s ranch in Texas, and into the Oval Office. Baier introduced the “documentary” saying, “Fox News has been granted unprecedented access inside the President’s world. … It’s a President Bush you’ve never seen before.” Watch a compilation of Hannity last night and Baier’s special:

Prior to airing the Bush special, Baier hosted a special on the famously-reclusive vice president entitled “Dick Cheney: No Retreat.” Fox billed it as “a rare glimpse into the life of the vice president” and aired the program Oct. 13, 2007. Similarly, on Oct. 30, 2007, Fox’s Greta Van Susteren was granted what she called “unprecedented access” to First Lady Laura Bush’s tour of the Middle East.

In the period leading up to Fox gaining such access to the Bush White House, former Fox News Sunday host Tony Snow was serving as White House Press Secretary, leaving office just weeks before Baier’s first documentary aired.

And just for a little extra, here's this from Daily Kos:

The funny thing is that at the same time Fox is accusing ABC of being partisan for broadcasting a special report on President Obama’s health care plan from the White House, Fox is reading straight from Republican press releases.

And let’s not forget another reason Fox shouldn’t be pointing any fingers: remember it’s little Tea Bag Party celebration in April?


themom said...

Thanks for all the reminders as to WHY I despise Faux News. What a bunch of imbeciles. they wouldn't no "fair & balanced" or "no spin" if it smacked them in the face. They have convenient amnesia to their past acts of deceit.

Riot Kitty said...

Themom is right on!

Grandpa Eddie said...

themom - Like Riot Kitty're right on with your comment.

Except I think they "feel" what they did was "history"....because they were following the biggest fucking idiot to ever hold the highest office in the land.

That, or they truly believe that they should be the only network to be able to do something like this.....'cause they're the "patriotic network" don'tcha know.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Riot Kitty - Agreed....*see comment above.

HelenWheels said...

FauxNoise to me is like some sort of bizarre circus that has no roots in reality. But their audience by large doesn't know that. So.... we are left with insane people who buy all their shit wandering around.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Helen - Good thing most all of them can be outsmarted by a brain-dead monkey...wait...I better change that, 'cause that would be like them being outsmarted by Bush...and we know THAT ain't gonna happen.

Let me put it this could put each of them in their own round room, tell them there's a nickel in the corner, and they would stay busy til the day they died.

Anonymous said...

Right on. Let's not forget that Scott McClellan, Bush's former press secretary, said that the Bush Administration used Fox News as basically a propanda venue. No thinking or curious person would take Fox News seriously.

Grandpa Eddie said...

itdawnedonme - I remember that.
I guess we should hand it to McClellan for being honest enough to admit what we already knew.