Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel "right-wing guy" Patrick McIlheran, citing medium-wave squawker Charlie Sykes's citation to ... Fox News, gets all discombobulated with his various government departments:
Meanwhile, the rest of the press stands up to the White House bullying, and hurrah for that.Well, no, it was somebody at the Treasury Department, not the White House, who'd made a list of the networks which had requested an interview with Kenneth Feinberg. Fox hadn't made a request.
When the teevee pool reporters noticed Fox's oversight, they made Treasury aware, which checked with the "bullying" White House, and the White House said, 'Yeah, Fox needs to be on there.' Big bullies.
Because the networks have a compact among themselves.
A network bureau chief familiar with the situation was surprised that Fox was portraying the news as networks coming to its rescue.Jack Lord only knows what's surprising about that, eh?
*Sniff, sniff* ... do I here detect a whiff of burning martyr?
Said a Treasury official:
There was no plot to exclude Fox News, and they had the same interview that their competitors did. Much ado about absolutely nothing.Watch Major Garrett's report here, and pay particular heed to the other Fox News character couching his probing inquiries to Garrett with several 'perhapses' and an 'it appears.'
Which somehow became a hard news item for both Pulitzer Prize "nominee" Charlie Sykes and ace reporter Patrick McIlheran.
This is exemplary of why Fox is occasionally denied the nomenclature "news organization": because they just unilaterally invent shit.
And the Journal-Sentinel's P. McIlheran draughts deeply from it.
Q. For this they laid off Tom Strini?
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Now that is funny. Michael Ledeen holds a doctorate in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. That's not so funny.