20 October 2009

This is only the 2nd worst thing from BHO's press staff this week

(The first being Communications Director Anita Dunn's crush on Mao.)
Reason Magazine | Hit & Run | Damon Root | Is Fox News A "News Organization"?:

Via Instapundit, a remarkable exchange between reporter Jake Tapper and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:

Tapper: It’s escaped none of our notice that the White House has decided in the last few weeks to declare one of our sister organizations “not a news organization” and to tell the rest of us not to treat them like a news organization. Can you explain why it’s appropriate for the White House to decide that a news organization is not one –

(Crosstalk)

Gibbs: Jake, we render, we render an opinion based on some of their coverage and the fairness that, the fairness of that coverage.

Tapper: But that’s a pretty sweeping declaration that they are “not a news organization.” How are they any different from, say –

Gibbs: ABC -

Tapper: ABC. MSNBC. Univision. I mean how are they any different?

Gibbs: You and I should watch sometime around 9 o’clock tonight. Or 5 o’clock this afternoon.

Tapper: I’m not talking about their opinion programming or issues you have with certain reports. I’m talking about saying thousands of individuals who work for a media organization, do not work for a “news organization” -- why is that appropriate for the White House to say?

Gibbs: That’s our opinion.

Only scoundrels and fifth graders hide behind defenses of "That's my opinion!"

You can not explain why you hold view X by reiterating that X is your view. The mere possession of an opinion does not make it's reasonableness or veracity unassailable.

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