Friday, April 28, 2006

MSM temper tantrum: "We want to watch CNN on Air Force One!"

Hat tip to Kanaka Girl for this. You thought NBC's David Gregory was a tittybaby? He's not alone. From CNN:
It wasn't the price of gasoline, Darfur or the rebuilding effort in New Orleans that preoccupied the White House press corps Thursday aboard a flight on Air Force One.

It was what channel they could watch on the White House televisions, Fox or CNN.

During a briefing led by White House spokesman Scott McClellan as President Bush was traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei asked why the White House televisions always seemed to be tuned to Fox News and if it was possible to have them tuned instead to CNN.

"It's come to my attention that there's been requests -- this is a serious question -- to turn these TVs onto a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied," VandeHei told McClellan, who is soon to be replaced by former Fox anchor and self-described conservative Tony Snow.

"My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?" VandeHei asked.

"Never heard of any such thing," McClellan responded. "My TVs are on four different channels at all times."

VandeHei noted that McClellan has four televisions in his office, and clarified that he was referring to the ones that reporters can see.

"They're always turned to Fox, which a lot of people consider a Republican-leaning network."
He's right. A lot of people on the left do indeed consider FNC to be "Republican-leaning." Interestingly, the bitching comPost reporter asked to watch a news channel that "many people" consider a "Democrat-leaning network." The derisive nickname "Clinton News Network" wasn't coined for no reason. Then again, this typifies liberal "thought" (for lack of a better word): Fox News is biased, CNN is objective. Got it?

(Sidebar: a common journalistic technique, similar to "sources" or "experts", is the "some say" or "many believe" or "a lot of people think" technique. Anytime you hear that, brace yourself for the reporter's (or network's or editor's) opinion or theory. "A lot of people consider FNC a right-leaning network" means "the guys in the newsroom who meet together for decaf lattés at Starbucks before attending the DNC fundraisers...ALL consider FNC to be right-leaning!" Glad I could clear that up for you guys.)

VandeHei noted that the televisions are paid for with taxpayer dollars. (So is the White House presidential bedroom, but you can't just walk in whenever you want and say "I can be here, because this is paid for with my tax dollars!" - Ed.)

"And my understanding is that you guys have to watch Fox on Air Force One. Is that true?"

McClellan said it was the first he had heard such a claim, and that it was not true.

"In fact, I've watched other channels on here," he said.

"I've never known anyone that's raised a complaint about a request from back here to watch a different channel," McClellan added.

VandeHei replied, "I'm officially raising it, and officially complaining about it."
Fox News is popular with at least one highly placed person in the White House. According to the Web site "The Smoking Gun," whenever Vice President Dick Cheney stays in a hotel room, he requests extra lights, copies of five newspapers and the television tuned to Fox.
Based on ratings, Fox News is popular with a WHOLE LOT of people other than "highly placed persons" in the White House. They tend to kick the everloving crap out of their competitors in several categories, which I imagine spawns some professional (and partisan) envy.

As for poor widdle VandenHei, someone call "9-WAAAAH-WAAAAH" for his "WAAAAH-mergency", and we can get a "WAAAAH-mbulance" dispatched ASAP!