No surprise that Charles Krauthammer would jump to the defense of Fox News:
The White House has declared war on Fox News. White House communications director Anita Dunn said that Fox is "opinion journalism masquerading as news." Patting rival networks on the head for their authenticity (read: docility), senior adviser David Axelrod declared Fox "not really a news station." And Chief of Staff Emanuel told (warned?) the other networks not to "be led [by] and following Fox."
Meaning? If Fox runs a story critical of the administration — from exposing "green jobs" czar Van Jones as a loony 9/11 "truther" to exhaustively examining the mathematical chicanery and hidden loopholes in proposed health-care legislation — the other news organizations should think twice before following the lead.
The signal to corporations is equally clear: You might have dealings with a federal behemoth that not only disburses more than $3 trillion every year but is extending its reach ever deeper into private industry — finance, autos, soon health care and energy. Think twice before you run an ad on Fox.
I'd say he's not even close and it's a joke to suggest that Fox is not opinion journalism. The White House has correctly pointed that out, and so have many others. Nobody is challenging Fox's right to be opinionated rightward, they're only bothering to point out what everyone already knows.
Given Fox's sorry record of GOP worship and partisan hackery in its news division, Krauthammer changes the subject to the slightly related, but dishonest claim that the White House wants to shut it down. What would that be, a straw man or a red herring? I'd call it a straw man as it alleges the replacement position (shut Fox down!) is the White House's actual position.
Anyway, here's the funny part:
Factions should compete, but they should also recognize the legitimacy of other factions and, indeed, their necessity for a vigorous self-regulating democracy. Seeking to deliberately undermine, delegitimize and destroy is not Madisonian. It is Nixonian.
Roger Ailes, President of Fox News Channel ought to know–he worked for Nixon as a media consultant.
*On the title of this post, see here.