In light of yesterday's conversation and the "conventional wisdom" that dictates the foolishness of starting a war of words with a 24 hour news channel... what do you guys think about this take on the situation? I have read quite a few OpEds expressing (praising) the same 'strategy':
"President Obama is working systematically to marginalize the most powerful forces behind the Republican Party, setting loose top White House officials to undermine conservatives in the media, business and lobbying worlds.
Obama aides are using their powerful White House platform, combined with techniques honed in the 2008 campaign, to cast some of the most powerful adversaries as out of the mainstream and their criticism as unworthy of serious discussion.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs has mocked Limbaugh from the White House press room podium. White House aides limited access to the Chamber and made top adviser Valerie Jarrett available to reporters to disparage the group. Everyone from White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to White House Communications Director Anita Dunn has piled on Fox News by contending it’s not a legitimate news operation.
All of the techniques are harnessed to a larger purpose: to marginalize not only the individual person or organization but also some of the most important policy and publicity allies of the national Republican Party..." (source -emphasis mine)
If they can cast all legitimate criticism of their policies/ideology as manufactured "FNC" opposition to the President...do they win?