by Ben Cohen
Glenn Greenwald takes on the ridiculous beltway pundit's obsession with the White Houses' treatment of Fox News:
The number one rule ofAmerican politics:the greatest, most
insatiable need of the standard conservative is to turn themselves into
oppressed little victims. In TheDailyBeast today,Tucker
Carlson devotes his entire column to complaining that Obama is
"bullying" Fox News, absurdly claiming that theWhiteHouse and
liberals are trying "to use government power to muzzle opinions they
don't agree with."Needless to say, Carlson doesn't say a word about
the endless -- and far worse -- attacks by theBush WhiteHouse on a whole array of media outlets, ones that went far beyond mere criticisms.......
All that hand-wringing rhetoric: why?Because theObama administration threatened to criminally prosecute Fox? Or because theadminstration surveilled its reporters' telephone calls?Or illegally obtained their telephone records? Or shot misslies at hotels in which they were staying? Or dropped bombs on their offices?Or imprisoned them for years without charges? Or barred Fox reporters from riding on administration planes?Or conspired to "weed out"any critical voices from being heard on network and cable news programs? No, those are all things that theBush administration did to reporters (see the links) -- all well above and beyond the numerous, constant rhetorical attacks
from theBush WhiteHouse on media organizations they perceived to be
hostile.Where was Tucker Carlson when that was happening, or
RuthMarcus, orAnderson Cooper, orDavidCarr?
Way to speak truth to power, Tucker.