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Beijing press conference

“In a sign of discomfort with the White House stance, Fox’s television news competitors refused to go along with a Treasury Department effort on Tuesday to exclude Fox from a round of interviews with the executive-pay czar Kenneth R. Feinberg that was to be conducted with a “pool” camera crew shared by all the networks. (New York Times, October 22, 2009: full article here).

This one speaks to my heart, so I don’t really care if this post offends anyone. Krauthammer’s superb commentary on the Admin’s attempt to freeze out Fox News from the White House press pool will be found here. I’ll add one point:

When I worked in Beijing, any news outlet that dared to report on Falun Gong (or other forbidden topics) was frozen out of access to the Chinese ministries (not to mention great swaths of the Academy, the business community and so on). Yet the foreign press never really banded together, stood up, and said: “if X isn’t allowed in, we won’t attend either.”

It’s heartening that the networks stood up. But it’s equally disturbing that the administration would engineer such an incident at all. So I advise you to fasten your seat belts my friends, because this crossed the line, and it is going to be a very bumpy ride from here on in…

Written by eastofethan

October 24, 2009 at 10:39 am

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