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WH v. FNC: The Debate Continues

Last week, we posted a poll asking you to weigh in on the White House war with Fox News. The response was overwhelming – both in the number of folks that responded as well as the outcome. Based on our poll, only 21% of you thought that Obama’s attack on Fox News was appropriate presidential behavior.

The debate continued this weekend on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz. HuffPo’s Nico Pitney, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and Jane Hall, a former FNC contributor, joined Kurtz to hash out the topic further.

Not surprisingly, Pitney said that taking on Fox News was the right thing to do. “If the Republican National Committee had a television network, how would it be any different?” he argued.

While Hall said, the battle makes the White House “look like a bunch of whiners.”

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AU Hosts Alums Plus Some for Media Panel

What do NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory and Congress Daily’s Erin McPike have in common? Both are American University alum and both participated in an “American Forum” panel last night at their old stomping grounds.

HuffPost’s Jose Antonio Vargas, Mother Jones’s and PoliticsDaily.com’s David Corn, and The Winston Group’s David Winston rounded out the panel, which discussed President Obama’s connection to youth.

“I can tell you editors look down on covering young people,” said Vargas. “We want the information. Give us the content.” Corn pointed out that focusing on important issues – no matter how noble – simply doesn’t grab eyeballs and ears – something even more critical in the survival of the fittest media landscape. “Anything involving Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, sex,– hopefully all three — goes through the roof,” joked Corn about the stories that reel in readers and viewers.

When moderator Jane Hall pressed Gregory to weigh in on whether Obama is overexposed, Gregory joked “I don’t like to say ‘overexposure’ because I am in the business of overexposure.”

Photo of Gregory, Vargas and Hall courtesy of AU.

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