The Obama administration tired to exclude Fox News from interviewing the Pay Czar. They made him available for all the other networks in the White House Press Pool, specifically saying that Fox News was excluded. The executives of the networks met and decided that if Fox was not allowed to interview him then none of them would. The White House relented and Fox was granted an interview.
Director Blue points to the short exchange that occurred right after Jake Tapper's with Gibbs;
"Carol E. Lee, Politico: Does that mean the White House doesn't believe they should be part of the press pool?
Gibbs: The press pool is decide by the White House Correspondents Association.
Lee: So you have no opinion on whether they should be ...
Gibbs: I'm not going to delineate for the White House Correspondents Association how the pool is conducted. That's not my job."
This move seems to refute that statement less then two days after it was made.
Serious 'props' and/or 'kudos' to the other networks for doing the right thing. They rightly recognize that this move was a blatant attempt at controlling the press. It is almost beyond belief that the administration would try it, and I am sure sent a chill up the spine's of the other network executives that they could be next if they did not 'toe the line'.
Video embedded below.
More thoughts at http://hotairpundit.blogspot.com/2009/10/white-house-tried-to-keep-out-foxnews.html, http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2009/10/obama-orders-fox-from-chicken-house-pool.html, http://hotair.com/archives/2009/10/22/its-come-to-this-white-house-tries-to-bar-fox-news-from-interviewing-pay-czar, and http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcome-to-maos-er-obamas-america.html
This sage, starting from the beginning; Anita Dunn 'called out' Fox News. Beck responded by installing a 'Red Phone Hotline', then aired a tape where Dunn said that Mao was one of her favorite philosophers. On the defensive, Dunn countered by saying that she was joking, and then added "Let it be noted that I also quoted Mother Teresa, but no one is accusing me of being a saint!". Not only was I was unconvinced, the New York Times declared Fox News the unequivocated victor. Axelrod and Emanuel joined in to take some of the pressure off of Dunn. A new video of Dunn surfaced where she said "very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control", which Beck used. Gibbs has thrown his support behind the White House position. Olbermann (MSNBC) voiced his approval and had a bit of fun. Obama voiced his support confirming that this is the official White House position. Now, the Obama administration is actively trying to block Fox News from getting an interviews and possible thinking about having them removed from the press pool.