Here’s the video of Faux Nooz clips shown on Countdown last night. I don’t have a transcript, but there’s a roundup of sorts at Media Matters.
There are those who don’t understand why the White House isn’t stoically putting up with whatever Faux dishes out. But Joan Walsh has a piece at Salon, a review of The Clinton Tapes by Taylor Branch, that clarifies things.
Joan isn’t writing about Faux, but about the rest of the media during the latter part of the Clinton Administration. She describes the “backdrop of childish media snickering” that enabled the “selection” of George W. Bush in 2000.
“The Clinton Tapes” makes clear that from start to finish, President Clinton was besieged by a vicious just-say-no GOP abetted by the perversely, inexplicably, cruelly anti-Clinton leaders of the so-called liberal media — from the New York Times’ lame crusades against Whitewater and Chinese donors and Wen Ho Lee, to the integrity-free “opinion” journalism by Maureen Dowd and, sadly, Frank Rich, to a whole host of other liberal media characters who couldn’t shake their feeling that Clinton was a fraud, a poseur, a hillbilly, a cynic. Their trashy eight-year oeuvre will likely go down in history as the most spectacularly malevolent and misguided White House coverage ever — and politically costly, since it also encompassed Vice President Al Gore and probably made George W. Bush president in 2000. …
… You find yourself wishing and hoping Branch could find some Washington pooh-bahs who’d realize they’d been played by the Republicans. Nope. None at all.
I think the White House is serving notice to the Media generally: Be serious. Stop acting like cliquey high schoolers. Stop enabling propaganda. Do your jobs.