Topic: Decline of the West
OK, I don’t much care for Barack Obama, but nonetheless I’m going to give him some good advice: Mr. President, call off your brain-dead jihad against Fox News. It makes you and your administration look like adolescent whiners—“crybabies,” as Chris Wallace put it—and, quite frankly, it’s behavior unworthy of the presidency. George W. Bush took numerous shots from the media compared with which the criticism directed at you is as mild as a spring breeze. It’s not too difficult to imagine what he must have been thinking about the New York Times and CNN. Yet somehow your predecessor, reviled by you and yours as a cowboy thug, managed to hold himself in check. He demonstrated class; you appear to possess none.
Not incidentally, your feud with Fox News has caused the network’s rating to soar. Sure, maybe your base is thrilled by your attacks on Fox, but to the majority of Americans you’re beginning to look like an insecure sissy who can’t take a punch. And history isn’t on your side. Richard Nixon spent a lot of time agonizing over what the New York Times thought of him—and look where he ended up.