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Obama's Fox News Diversion

William A. Jacobson
Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY
http://legalinsurrection.blogspot.com/2009/10/obamas-fox-news...

With each passing day, I am becoming more and more convinced that the Obama administration's sustained and crude attacks on Fox News are a big diversion.

Sure, the attacks on Fox News are unprecedented in the post-Nixon era. Barack Milhous Obama may not be change we can believe in, but it is the change we are stuck with for at least several more years.

Sure, the Obama administration wants to weaken and isolate Fox News so as to intimidate and control other news outlets. This goal would explain attacks on Fox News in general, but not the fury of the attacks at this moment in time.

Sure, the Obama administration's obsessive need to find enemies was predictable, and was predicted here almost 8 months ago:

What is it with this President? Obama has an obsessive need to find enemies against whom to campaign. When Obama's presidency is over, hopefully in four years (but likely eight years) there will be two sets of psychologists: Those who provide therapy to the American population which has seen its life savings and economic system destroyed, and those who analyze the psychosis of the Demonizer-in-Chief.
Sure, the Obama administration's bully tactics against Fox News and others deserve condemnation, as even some liberal media types finally acknowledge:

Where the White House has gone way overboard is in its decision to treat Fox as an outright enemy and to go public with the assault. Imagine the outcry if the Bush administration had pulled a similar hissy fit with MSNBC.
These explanations all make sense, but cannot be the full explanation.

The real game is taking place behind closed doors, not on the Sunday morning talk shows where Obama's minions whine about Fox News. While we were worrying about what the attacks on Fox News meant for our democracy, Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel and a couple of others were huddled together hatching plans to shove a monstrous health care bill down the nation's collective throat.

The attack on Fox News is a red herring meant to divert our focus away from what is taking place out of sight:

A red herring is an idiom referring to a device which intends to divert the audience from the truth or an item of significance.... It is popularly believed that the idiom originates from a technique of training of young scent hounds involving "red" herrings. The pungent fish would be dragged along a trail until a puppy learned to follow the scent. Later, when the dog was being trained to follow the faint odour of a fox or a badger, the trainer would drag a red herring (whose strong scent confuses the animal) perpendicular to the animal's trail to confuse the dog. The dog would eventually learn to follow the original scent rather than the stronger scent.
While we were following the Fox News red herring dragged by Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Anita Dunn across the political trail, the real damage was being done in the other direction.

Organizing for America, Obama's renamed campaign machine, was flooding Capital Hill with phone calls in support of Obamacare (we received a phone call at our house yesterday asking us to call our representative in support of Democratic proposals). Harry Reid was cutting deals with doctors, various states, and anyone else who can be bought or bullied. Nancy Pelosi was playing number games to get a CBO score below $900 billion based on unrealistic cost control assumptions which never will be put into effect. All the while the Democrats were touting yet another misleading poll (based on distorted sampling) supposedly showing widespread support for a government plan, to provide cover for a sell-out by moderate Democrats.

And us? We're talking about Fox News.

Better get back on the real scent, people. The Democrats plan to destroy our health care system and personal freedoms through mandates, taxes, loss of private insurance, obsessive regulation, bloated bureaucracy and out of control costs. Trillion dollar deficits will seem like a fond memory if the Democrats get their way.

Any day now the biggest, baddest hurt is going to be put on this country. A hurt so bad future generations will curse us for what we allowed to happen.

And it will happen so quickly, we won't know what hit us.

Because we're still following the red herring.
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  • maggiemay 2009/10/21 16:36:09
    maggiemay
    A prime example of how any government health care is to just look at the H1N1 vaccine. They have enough,but the government isn't getting it out the door fast enough. Alot of people will not take the vaccine, but imagine if everyone wanted it. I talked to my doctor the other day about the vaccine,and he was telling me about his office having two clinics. The one I was at didn't have any of the vaccine yet his other office did. He could not bring the vaccine to my clinic for the people who really needed it because of government red tape. The whole thing has turned into a cluster. Is this how you want your health taken care of.
  • PartysOver 2009/10/21 15:17:31
    PartysOver
    The Agenda is Vendetta... never forget it.
  • Bond James Bond 2009/10/21 14:59:27
    Bond James Bond
    +1
    And now they want to add an additional $250.000.000.000. to the bill! They want you to believe that this has nothing to do with the Health bill. Actually,it part of the bill presented in a seperate piece of legislation.
  • Rover 2009/10/21 14:56:49
    Rover
    +1
    The diversion will deflect the light from the 1500 page healthcare bill that no one will get to read - The Senate, because there's not enough time... and the people because they can't figure out how to get it on the Internet...!!!!
  • 00B 2009/10/21 14:30:07

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