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In a nearly five minute report this afternoon, FNC correspondent James Rosen reported on the White House’s new strategy being leveled at the network, laid out by Pres. Obama’s communications director Anita Dunn in two print publications and on CNN yesterday.
Much of Rosen’s story, which appeared during “Live Desk,” will not be new to TVNewser readers who’ve been following the battle, but it does present the FOX side to the Fox News audience, which at that time of day exceeds 1 million viewers. Here it is:
> TVNewser Poll: Will The White House’s New Attacks on Fox News work?
PRNewser reports on, and has video of White House communications director Anita Dunn‘s “new, more aggressive press strategy” which she explained in a straightforward slam of Fox News Channel during an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” said Dunn. “Let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”
Dunn added, “What I think is fair to say about Fox, and certainly the way we view it, is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party.”
PRNewser reports Dunn gave host Howie Kurtz some “homework”: “Did you see coverage of that [the Sen. John Ensign scandal] on Fox News? I’m not talking Glenn Beck, Sean, the Factor, I’m talking Fox News.” “I will have to check on that,” Kurtz responded.
The ironic part came later, during the commercial break. All morning, CNN has been intermittently running a promo for Anderson Cooper 360, a show that has long billed itself as a classic straight news program with an investigative front man who digs “beyond the headlines” with “many points of view, so you can make up your own mind.” The new promo, by contrast, consists of a woman’s voice, pitching Cooper’s show as, essentially, a liberal alternative to Fox News: “I’m a lifelong Democrat,” she says, “and that’s why I watch Anderson Cooper.”
> Update to the Scherer post, from a TVNewser reader: “Turns out that the woman saying ‘I’m a lifelong Democrat’ comes at the same time a man says ‘I’m a lifelong Republican.’ The on-screen graphics try to bring home the point, sort of melding the words that the man and the woman are saying. The point of the ad is that AC 360 is there for both sides because it’s a fair program. Unfortunately, the woman’s voice seems more powerful…”
> More, a statement from Fox News SVP Michael Clemente: “An increasing number of viewers are relying on FOX News for both news and opinion. And the average news consumer can certainly distinguish between the A-section of the newspaper and the editorial page, which is what our programming represents. So, with all due respect to anyone who might still be confused about the difference between news reporting and vibrant opinion, my suggestion would be to talk about the stories and the facts, rather than attack the messenger…which over time, has never worked.”
> Update refuting Dunn’s point about FNC’s news coverage of the Sen. Ensign affair: Johnny Dollar sent us links to six stories from FoxNews.com that show the network’s news programs covered the story from the beginning. They are here, here, here, here, here and here. Two are from “FOX Report”, two are from “Special Report” and two are from “FOX News Sunday”. He said it took about 10 minutes of searching.
> Related: The NYTimes’ Brian Stelter writes about the White House-Fox News “volley: “One Fox executive said that the jabs by the White House could solidify the network’s audience base and recalled that [FNC Chairman Roger] Ailes had remarked internally: “Don’t pick a fight with people who like to fight.”
> More from the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik: “This campaign by the Obama administration is dangerous to press freedom, and it should concern everyone in the press, not just Fox. You have to wonder who else is on this administration’s enemies list.”
Here’s the guest list for the 10amET hour of State of the Union with John King, also known as ‘Reliable Sources.’ The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik, TheWrap.com’s Sharon Waxman, and Steve Friedman, former VP of Morning Broadcasts at CBS News. They’ll talk about the coverage of Friday’s announcement of Pres. Obama receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Also on the show, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn.
In next week’s Time magazine, Michael Scherer writes about the White House’s full court press…on the press, especially Fox News:
The general in this war is Anita Dunn, 51, a veteran campaign strategist who arrived at the White House in May. …she has become a devoted consumer of conservative-media reports and a fierce critic of Fox News, leading the Administration’s effort to block officials, including Obama, from appearing on the network. “It’s opinion journalism masquerading as news,” Dunn says. “They are boosting their audience. But that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back.” Fox News’s head of news, Michael Clemente, counters that the White House criticism unfairly conflates the network’s reporters and its pundits, like Glenn Beck, whom he likens to “the op-ed page of a newspaper.”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs uses a baseball analogy describing how the White House plays offense: “The only way to get somebody to stop crowding the plate is to throw a fastball at them. They move.”
The Democratic National Convention Committee held a conference call this morning for reporters covering the convention. TVNewser was on the line as we’ll be there in Denver, covering the “news about the news.” Chris will be in Minneapolis to cover the RNC a week later.
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a convention co-chair, and Anita Dunn, an adviser to Sen. Barack Obama, briefed us on the themes and keynote speakers for each night of the convention and the “America’s Town Hall” feature.
NBC’s Andrea Mitchell had the first question for Sebelius about Sebelius: whether she is a VP possibility. The governor says she’s “enthusiastic about doing anything,” to help Obama. Mitchell also asked about Elizabeth Edwards‘ potential involvement. Dunn confirmed neither John nor Elizabeth Edwards will be attending.
FNC’s Jim Angle asked for more details about the Town Hall participants at the convention. They’ll be coming later this week/early next week. Also, the full schedule of speakers and times will be released “later this week.”
Click continued to see the release on the themes and keynote speakers…