White House: Fox News is ‘not really news’

Senior White House aides Sunday continued their war of words with right-wing Fox News Channel, saying the cable service is “not really news.”

This is news?

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” David Axelrod is what Fox dishes out daily on is “not really news” and added “they’re not really a news station.”

“It’s really not news — it’s pushing a point of view,” Axelrod told ABC host George Stephanopolis. “And the bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way, and we’re not going to treat them that way. We’re going to appear on their shows. We’re going to participate but understanding that they represent a point of view.”

Axelrod said Fox owner Rupert Murdoch is more concerned with making money than offering real news and information.

“Mr. Murdoch has a talent for making money, and I understand that their programming is geared toward making money,” he said.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel continued the assault during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Said Emanuel:

It’s not so much a conflict with Fox News. I suppose the way to look at it and the way … the president looks at it, we look at it is: It’s not a news organization so much as it has a perspective. And that’s a different take. And more importantly, is not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following Fox, as if what they’re trying to do is a legitimate news organization.

Meanwhile, Fox News Anchor Chris Wallace said Sunday the White House is refusing to provide guests for talk shows on that channel.


  1. Sandra Price

    Morning Joe replaced “The Imus Show” and had a rough time of it. Imus had a huge following and was the reason I bothered with MSNBC at all. Imus did the best book reviews and I watched with pen in hand.

    I was pleased to see Mica Brzezinski as the co-host with Joe as he can be bit of a blowhard and not necessarily the model of a Fiscal Republican. I had read several of Dr. Brzezinski’s books and knew Mica had to be a member of his family. The family leans to the left and Dr. Brzezinski was part of President Carter’s Administration. He is a specialist of the Middle East.

    Mica makes sense to be when it comes to children’s diets but I would never add a tax to anything. I remember when she was with CBS and did a lot of news for that television station. She is beautiful and very well spoken. I consider her the brightest of the two.

    Two hours of Morning Joe is enough and I go on line to hear Imus from New York. Old habits are hard to break.

  2. sherry

    Sandra I used to watch Morning Joe. I miss Joe now that it is not on my cable. I don’t however miss that eyerolling Mika. ugh. She wants to tax soft drinks as it least to obesity. So in addition to being not to bright, she wants to control us while she is at it.

  3. sherry

    Sandra I used to watch Morning Joe. I miss Joe now that it is not on my cable. I don’t however miss that eyerolling Mika. She raises the ick factor about 100 points!

  4. Sandra Price

    For 50 years I knew exactly what I wanted in my Federal Government. I was a loyal Republican with hopes that free enterprise capitalism might win the pressure from the American people who clearly wanted a redistribution of wealth.

    I honest thought we had learned a lesson in Vietnam. I was wrong! I took a second look when President Bush began acting like a naked Emperor and a funny man from Texas began to make sense economically as well as true American values. I signed up for cable television and the internet to look more deeply into the “voice of my past” who spoke fiscally.

    At first Fox sounded good and then spent 24/7 voicing their social conservative opinions of the news. The internet gave me sermons, not news. MSNBC sounded good until they spent 24/7 covering tabloid news and evening Liberal opinions. At least I heard the opinions of the other side of the aisle. My problem was that the GOP had no points of view outside of Robertson, Falwell etc.

    I ended up watching MSNBC Morning Joe and then going to the radio. I pick up local TV news at 5 pm, look for a football game or return to my books.

    I am comfortable with both Fox and MSNBC prime opinion presenters. I also read Doug’s Rants and the replies as well as other articles right here at CHB Home. There is no room for a Republican Commentary writer. I tried it here and the replies were rude and insulting. It was not my writing that was insulted but a lack of political party to describe. I’m not a Christian and had to give up the GOP. I still hope for a balanced government; hoping for balanced news is impossible.

  5. Hoosier_CowBoy

    Was Rupert Murdock P.T. Barnum in a past life? Most followers of Faux News seem to fit the Master Showmans’ famous quotation.

    The only difference today is that now they not only suck, they swallow.