Ron Fournier Cheerled For Bush While Covering Him, Now Tells Press To Attack Obama
You shouldn’t take National Journal‘s Ron Fournier as a serious character. He’s a creature of the perverse D.C. media culture and now basically exists to write trollish articles attacking President Obama in the hopes that Matt Drudge will pick them up and give the insular D.C. publication a little juice at regular intervals (I verified this a while back with a source familiar with the publication’s inner workings).
In yet another round of his faux outrage at the Obama administration, Fournier claims that he’s offering journalists “a better way to cover the White House.” This is of course part of the ongoing media butthurt that the administration doesn’t accept Republican talking points as facts and actually pushes back against them when the press reliably regurgitates what mama bird gave them.
Of all the people in the world to push for a more adversarial press interface with a White House, it would be hard to pick someone worse than Fournier.
In 2008 an email surfaced between Fournier – who was then the AP’s White House correspondent – and Bush consigliere Karl Rove. In the email, Fournier told Rove — who was busy referring to Democrats as terrorist appeasers and worse — to “keep up the fight.”
He might as well have put on pom-poms or wore a GOP elephant mascot costume.
At the time he wrote that mash note, Fournier was busy writing piece after piece assailing Democratic candidates running for office while supposedly being an objective reporter for the world’s major news wire.
Last year, Fournier continued on this theme, declaring at NJ that President Bush is “a good man,” and that people should give the man whose failed leadership sent thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians to an early grave the benefit of the doubt.
And now he wants to lecture the press corps on how to better push the right’s latest phony scandal.
What liberal media?