- Fearing Obama cannot succeed on his own merits and adoring coverage by 99% of the media, Axelrod seeks to stifle little Fox News which is owned by
- Rupert Murdoch, a big admirer of Obama.
- Venezuelan dictator Chavez would approve, as he shut down media outlets who might question him. (Obama appointee Mark Lloyd cited Chavez as a great example of democracy).
- The two met privately in Manhattan during the president’s visit to the United Nations.
- The two discussed news coverage and the relationship between the organizations.
An FNC spokesperson tells POLITICO that Ailes and Axelrod had a “cordial conversation” over coffee while the president was in town.
- Ailes is the founder of Fox News. A key part of
- Axelrod’s portfolio is the president’s image and broad message.
White House officials have expressed pique with what they consider heavy coverage of Obama critics by opinion shows on the news channel.
- Obama aides showed their displeasure by omitting “Fox News Sunday” when the president granted interviews last month to the other Sunday shows.
Noting coverage on cable’s Fox News Channel, the Fox broadcast network declined to carry Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress, or his most recent prime-time news conference.
- White House officials did not like that, but say it is not their primary problem with Fox."
- via mention on Michael Savage show
- UPDATE: Done deal. FOX News' Shep Smith stumps for Obama "public option," 7:44PM, 10/6/09, via audio just played on Michael Savage radio show. Shep Smith is on the side of the international left to begin with, but his delivery on this issue is quite sickening.