Other Networks Stand with Fox News Against White House Attempt to Exclude Them from Press Pool Coverage - Video 10/22/09
Here is a video report on significant happenings in the White House War on Fox News today. The White House today attempted to exclude Fox News from a White House pool report interview that usually includes the five major networks - ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News. White House Pay Czar Ken Feinberg was made available to the pool for interviews, but the White House specifically sought to dis-invite Fox News.
But to their credit, the other networks consulted together and decided that if Fox News would not be included, they would also not participate! Good for them! Perhaps they rightly understood that if they went along with the White House on this, they too could be excluded if they ever run a story that raises the displeasure of the White House.
This could turn out to be a watershed moment. The White House relented and allowed Fox News to participate. It will be interesting to see if this blatant attempt at denial of freedom of the press will change the way some in the Mainstream Media begin to cover the Obama White House.
The White House believed the other networks would bow to their plan. In this case, they did not. They gambled and lost. They have lost more than they think - credibility and integrity. It's hard to get that back with people once it has been lost.