White House: Fox News Is "Research Arm of the Republican Party" (UPDATED)

Now these are the kinds of statements being put out of the White House I can get behind.

Video from PoliticsNewsPolitics (h/t BlatantLiberal):
In an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources," White House Communications Director Anita Dunn elaborates on comments she made in an interview in Time magazine, in which she commented that Fox News is "opinion journalism masquerading as news."

Transcript via Think Progress:
"The reality of it is that Fox News often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. And it’s not ideological. I mean, obviously there are many commentators who are conservative, liberal, centrist, and everybody understands that. What I think is fair to say about Fox is — and certainly the way we view it — is that it really is more of a wing of the Republican Party. [...]

"They’re widely viewed as, you know, a part of the Republican Party — take their talking points, put them on the air, take their opposition research, put them on the air, and that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network they way CNN is."

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Ben Smith calls Fox's Response "as vindicating the White House" point of view:

One of the remarkable things about the Fox News Channel is that while the standard response from most news outlets -- right and left -- to government attacks is simply to stand by a story and stress objectivity, Fox's reflex is always a campaign-style attack, in today's case more or less vindicating the White House decision to cast them explicitly as a political foe:

“Instead of governing, the White House continues to be in campaign mode, and Fox News is the target of their attack mentality,” Michael Clemente, the channel’s senior vice president for news, said in a statement on Sunday. “Perhaps the energy would be better spent on the critical issues that voters are worried about.”


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