Every once in a while we see some brilliance from what Rush lovingly refers to as the “drive-by media,” and most of that brilliance most of the time comes from ABC reporter Jake Tapper. I love how Tapper really holds Robert Gibbs to the flame here on the ridiculous war the White House is waging against Fox News.
Tapper: It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one –
Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.
Tapper: But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are “not a news organization.” How are they any different from, say –
Gibbs: ABC –
Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?
Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.
Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” — why is that appropriate for the White House to say?
Gibbs: That’s our opinion.
Good for you Jake! Glad to see you are at least trying to get to the bottom of it. But what really ruffles my feathers is Gibbs response. I mean, how exactly did he make it as far as he did when he can’t even tell the difference between an opinion show like Hannity and Beck and a real news show like Shep Smith’s? I challenge anyone to show me where Fox is biased in their actual news reporting! In the words of Vizzini, from one of my favorite movies, “INCONCEIVABLE!”