Here's something I ran across while perusing news on CNN's website.
I bet they do! But I'm sure it has nothing to do with polls that indicate Fox is one of America's most trusted news sources.
Remember the days when the media understood that its role was to act as a watchdog of government? When Woodward and Bernstein exposed the corruption in the Nixon Administration and helped bring it down? The Enemies List?
Grizzled, chain-smoking newspaper editors viewed themselves as the only people protecting America against totalitarianism, acting as the country's ombudsmen. White House Press Corps veterans are supposed to report on the President's policies with a healthy skepticism, taking pride in adopting a contrarian stance to act as a counterbalance against that powerful office.
You would think, then, that news organizations would have a sense of kinship with each other, and if the President tried to freeze one of them out for asking too many questions, the others would protest--not join in on eliminating their competition.
A brand-new poll shows that 81 percent of Americans get their election information from cable news sources, with Fox News Channel blowing away the competition. Millions of people tune into FNC, which is the only major news source that has adopted the contrarian stance with the President that the other news organizations used to do with other presidents.
Consequently, FNC is killing CNN and MSNBC in the ratings, and the damage they are doing has resulted in President Obama singling them out for attack.
He's so outraged at their coverage of his presidency that he told Rolling Stone that FNC is "destructive" to U.S. growth.
They scrutinize his policies and that's bad? That's their job, and frankly the rest of the media isn't picking up the slack.
It's a bit disturbing to anyone who knows what the Commerce Clause is to hear him say they are a threat to the economy.
But aside from that, shouldn't the other members of the press sort of speak up in the name of Freedom of the Press, like they did earlier this year when Obama tried to exclude Fox from the White House Press Corps?
Instead, they are silent because Obama is helping to wound a competitor of theirs. Some journalists they are, siding with the people they are supposed to watch to help kill a news organization that dared to ask too many questions.
If Obama succeeds in diminishing Fox, who's next? Anybody else who questions the administration, I suppose.