Monday, 4. May 2009 6:04
Major Garrett of Fox News sat at the presidential press conference front and center, hoping for the opportunity to ask his question.
It was not to be.
He figured as much. You see, he had been warned by the administration prior to the press conference that he may not get the nod because the Fox Broadcasting Corporation decided not to televise the President’s address. They made an executive decision because “American Idol” and “Lie to Me” get better ratings. Better ratings equals more money. It’s a no-brainer.
So Major Garrett was black-balled because his parent station made a business decision?
Yes, apparently so.
You see, President Obama needs ALL of the networks to bow to his every command. He needs the entire nation to have only one choice of programming on the evenings he’s decided to address them. He doesn’t want another American Idol to beat him out in the ratings. He wants the Messiah to be the winner.
So what was Major Garrett going to ask the president? Was he going to ask him about his enchanted wife or his enchanted children?
No, actually, he was going to ask Obama a question that the American public deserves an answer to. He wanted to ask some questions about the closing of Gitmo. He wanted to highlight the fact that most of Europe really doesn’t want these terrorist detainees in their countries, but might take them for the right price. Would Barack pay that price? He wanted to know if the detainees were to stay in the United States, would Barack provide them with affordable housing and government assistance? He also wanted to know if Barack would pay them reparations for their “torturous abuse” by our government during their stay in Gitmo.
Instead, we heard all about Barack’s new dog and his favorite color.
So now we find out the truth. There is a price to be paid if you screw with Barack. A network that decides not to cover the President will pay dearly.
After all, he won.
In Bill Clinton’s first four years of presidency, he had two prime time press conferences. It wasn’t for his lack of trying; the networks simply wouldn’t give him the time. Barack Obama believes that the public needs to hear from him every month, and he’s now had three prime time specials in three months of office.
He seems to make the networks an offer they can’t refuse.
The ratings, however, didn’t hold up for the press conference this time, down 29%. In all fairness to Barack, those viewers who tuned into “Lie to Me” may have thought that they WERE watching the press conference.
Or maybe the country is getting sick of the dog and pony show. Watching the press giggle like school children, asking our leader questions with the difficulty of a Kermit the Frog interview, and seeing our president reading the answers from a big TV screen, has lost its charm to those who have a brain.
President Obama stood at a townhall meeting the other day, calling out Fox News once again. He said with a sad,puppy dog face that they “don’t like me very much.” The crowd sympathetically laughed. He’s painting himself as a victim. OUR LEADER IS PAINTING HIMSELF AS A VICTIM. The man who got 53% of the vote in November is a “victim” because Fox News has the audacity to question his words and actions occasionally.
They just won’t fall in line like the other networks. MSNBC is cooperating, as is CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN. What’s wrong with FOX?
How can this administration get them to conform? There must be a way to get FOX to “see the light”…
Hey, maybe if the democrats refuse to hold presidential debates on their network, they’ll come around…
Maybe if the president refuses to be interviewed by Sean Hannity and some of the other Obama critics on that station, they’ll succumb….
Maybe if Obama black-balls Major Garrett, FOX’s White House spokesman, then they’ll get the message….
What, it didn’t work?….
Maybe, just maybe, it’s time for the White House to learn that FOX news is the ONLY network doing the job of the people. They are the ONLY network with a back bone that says, “No, you don’t.” They are the ONLY network who won’t tolerate this president’s strong arm tactics.
And maybe, just maybe, that’s why their ratings have skyrocketed. Maybe the intelligent people are starting to understand that the press is supposed to question the government, not tingle over it.
Hold all the press conferences you want, Mr. President.
I’ll be watching “American Idol.”
I voted you off of my TV long ago.
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