New York Times just reported…
The Obama administration, which would seem to have its hands full with a two-front war in Iraq and Afghanistan, opened up a third front last week, this time with Fox News.
Administration officials seemed to have decided that they had had enough.
â€œWeâ€™re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent,â€ Anita Dunn, the White House communications director, said in an interview with The New York Times. â€œAs they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we donâ€™t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.â€
Ah, but pretending has traditionally been a valuable part of the presidential playbook. Smiling and wearing beige even under the most withering news media assault is not only good manners, but also has generally been good politics. While there is undoubtedly a visceral thrill in finally setting out after your antagonists, the history of administrations that have successfully taken on the media and won is shorter than this sentenÂ