The White House does not like Fox News. In fact, their dislike is much more akin to an obsession, and the administration is really annoyed by Fox. While speaking to the media on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said Fox News “obsesses over the terminology used to describe terrorists.”
It seems that the administration obsesses over Fox as much as Fox obsesses over terminology.
It isn’t the first time that high-ranking members of the Obama administration have expressed their anxiety over the messenger rather than the message.
While at the National Press Club in Washington Hold told those assembled, “We spend more time, more time talking about what you call it, as opposed to what do you do about it, you know? I mean really. If Fox didn’t talk about this, they would have nothing else to talk about, it seems to me.”
There is a confrontation going on, but Fox News did not start it, The White House did. They refuse to label the ISIS fighters “Islamic extremists,” instead using the vanilla interpretation “terrorist,” that doesn’t describe the enemy at all, in Fox’s view.
Pushing his own point, Holder said, “Radical Islam, Islamic extremism, I’m not sure an awful lot is gained by saying that. It doesn’t have any impact on our military posture. It doesn’t have any impact on what we call it, on the policies that we put in place.”
If it was only Fox News saying this, Holder might have gotten away with his play on words, but there are others concerned over the weak labeling of ISIS, al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations. Mara Liasson, the liberal National Public Radio journalist has grilled White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about their weak naming convention.
The White House thinks that by remaining neutral in their labeling of terrorist groups they gain some kind of advantage, and that being more specific only worsens the situation.
Journalists from the left to the right are applying pressure on the Obama administration, asking them to come clean, and tell it like is, and not sugarcoat it so it becomes an unrecognizable message that fails to protect us.
Egypt’s al-Sisi says you have to call it what it is, so do a number of Democrats, including Hawaii veteran Tulsi Gabbard, Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta.
Fox News commentator Dana Perino suggested Eric Holder stop waffling and that he “go out on a high note.”