But McClatchy and the MSM have barely noted Obama'a attacks on FOX.
I checked McClatchy's main web site and found just one piece on Obama's war against FOX -- this little piece by Dave Helling.
Why has this story barely been covered? Chris Stirewalt explains.
Desperate for copy and worried about access, most reporters seem content to allow the president and his flack corps to decide what will count as real news and what will not. With layoff notices and bankruptcy filings piled up like bleached bones on the sides of a treacherous trail, media outlets are content to leave Obama's spiteful conduct unanswered.
The attacks on Fox helped break the cycle that has been buffeting the White House for months. A story pops up in the blogosphere, is ignored or overlooked by mainstream outlets, then gets picked up by Fox News, which repeats it until the rest of the media world has to pay attention.
If there were no Fox News, most Americans would have never heard of the president's pestilent former pastor, his radical "green jobs czar" or the antics of the Obama backers at the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Bloggers and independent journalists can churn up the stories, but without the Fox megaphone, they would never have gotten traction.
With the complicity of the supposed defenders of a free press at The Washington Post and the New York Times, the White House is succeeding in putting Fox in what the network's former anchor, Brit Hume, described as a "quarantine."
But on a strategic level, the tactics are sure to backfire.
By provoking a showdown with Fox, the administration hopes to rally liberals to the Obama flag. The Left has grown disenchanted with the Obama brand as it becomes clear that the president's brand of change is corporate-approved.
The White House wants to make liberals choose sides. Just as it did with Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh in the past, the Obama press shop likes to play up conservative bogeymen in hopes of scaring liberals back into the fold.
Truth to Power, anybody?
Update: a reader says the KC Star had a front page story on the administration attacking FOX News. I assume it was the Dave Helling piece I noted above but I don't know for sure.