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July 15, 2011
Proof That White House Lied After Blackballing Fox News
Posted by Dave Blount at July 15, 2011 2:02 PM
This won't come as a surprise, but Obama's Nixonian hostility toward media that he deems hostile has been thoroughly substantiated by Judicial Watch, which
has uncovered documents from the Obama Department of Treasury showing that the Obama administration, contrary to its repeated denials, attempted to exclude the Fox News Channel (FNC) from a round of interviews with Treasury's "Executive Pay Czar" Kenneth Feinberg. The documents, which include email exchanges within the Department of the Treasury and between Treasury and White House staff, also provide colorful evidence of an anti-Fox News bias within the Obama White House.
The documents, obtained last week by Judicial Watch pursuant to an October, 28, 2009, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, concern a series of interviews with Feinberg, who served as the Special Master for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Executive Compensation, on October 22, 2009, organized by the Treasury Department. According to press reports, the Fox News Channel was specifically excluded from joining the pool of reporters which precipitated a backlash among the networks and a reversal by the Obama Treasury Department. …
The Treasury Department's official response, as detailed in back-and-forth emails uncovered by Judicial Watch, included a clear denial of any such plot to exclude Fox News from the interviews: "There was no plot to exclude Fox News, and they had the same interview that their competitors did. Much ado about absolutely nothing." Moreover, in an October 23, 2009 email to New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg, Jake Siewart, Counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, repeated the denial that there was an effort to exclude Fox News Channel: "Call me today on your Fox-Treasury report," Siewart wrote. "Not true that there was an 'effort to exclude' Fox."
However, despite this public position, internal Obama administration emails obtained by Judicial Watch provide evidence that FNC was specifically singled out for exclusion. According to one October 22, 2009, email exchange between Dag Vega, Director of Broadcast Media on the White House staff, to Jenni LeCompte, then-Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the Treasury Department, Vega informs LeCompte that "…we'd prefer if you skip Fox please."
Imagine how incriminating the stuff they blacked out must be:
The Treasury Department blacked out a key email regarding its refusal to make available Treasury Secretary Geithner for an interview on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
Pulitzer Prizes don't mean much these days. Making the Manchurian Moonbat's enemies list is the ultimate journalistic honor.
On a tip from G. Fox.