"There was quite the hullabaloo over President Obama calling Fox News “destructive” (in a roundabout sort of way) in his recent Rolling Stone interview. As if that weren’t self-serving enough, here’s the deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton now singing the praises of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow:
“If you’re on the left, if you’re somebody like Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow or one of the folks who helps to keep our government honest and pushes and prods to make sure that folks are true to progressive values, then [the president] thinks that those folks provide an invaluable service,” Burton told reporters.
Uh huh. Any partisanship evinced by Fox is destructive, but those partisans that agree with us night after night are just keeping government honest."
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. The Obama administration tried to block Fox News from getting an interview and possibly thinking about having them removed from the press pool. The Treasury Department seemed to lie in saying that they did not try to exclude Fox News despite the confirmation of Fox News by CBS. The Treasury Department said that Fox News never asked for an interview. Fox News directly refuted that claim and added that the White House had acknowledged the mistake the Treasury Department made. It became clear just how much of a winner Fox News was with a massive ratings spike. White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett called Fox News bias before backtracking ten seconds later. There was word of a truce. There was some evidence for and against the truce, with the for seeming more substantial. Obama being interviewed by Major Garrett seemed to indicate the truce was genuine. The Obama administration may have violated the truce before and appear to have just done so again, attacking sporadically, most recently in Rolling Stone Magazine.