Brit Hume: White House attempting to 'quarantine' Fox News

Former Fox News Anchor Brit Hume is firing back at the White House for attacking the cable news channel.

White House aides made a point of airing their criticism of the network during the Sunday shows earlier this week. David Axlerod claimed that the news channel was “really not news,” and Rahm Emanuel suggested that Fox is “not a news organization.”

White House communications director Anita Dunn suggested on CNN that Fox News, is the “research arm of the Republican Party”

“It is a little hard to discern a strategy behind the White House campaign of criticism of Fox News unless it's simply this – an attempt to quarantine Fox and thereby discourage other media outlets from following up stories did originate here,” Hume stated on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

Hume suggested that the White House's tactic of picking favorite news outlets was demeaning to journalists.

“So the president's aides appear on other news channels to say that Fox, unlike those outlets, is really not a news organization but an arm of the Republican Party.” he said, “One wonders how our colleagues at CNN and elsewhere like being patted on the head and given the seal of approval by the White House”

I find it surprising that the Obama administration is attacking what is arguably the America's highest-rated news channel.

It certainly rallies Obama left-leaning supporters, however, perhaps giving them something to talk about something other than Obama's reluctance to press for the public option in the health care debate or distract them from an Obama aide's suggestion that bloggers “need to take off their pajamas and get dressed.”

The Examiner's White House correspondent Julie Mason criticized the White House for their attacks and Helen Thomas has frowned upon the administration's actions as well.

ABC's Jake Tapper questioned Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about the attacks in today's White House press briefing.

Other reporters and journalists, however, have been slow to circle the wagons to defend a member of the fourth estate against the White House attacks.
 

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