In a Newsweek column, Jacob Weisberg suggested that "respectable journalists" like NPR's Mara Liasson should "stop appearing on" Fox News. Weisberg complained about Fox's "all-pervasive slant" -- then criticized any journalists who might try to present a liberal or moderate point of view. Weisberg's real lament then is that Fox is not slanted enough. It makes you wonder if the real goal of Fox critics -- Weisberg anyway -- is to turn the network into a living hell of All Glenn Beck All The Time.
When Republicans were in power, the answer to unwelcome speech was, of course, more speech. They called it a dialogue. For Team Obama, however, the antidote to unwanted comment is challenge the credentials, not only of critics when they get their facts wrong, but any professional associated in any way with Obama critics.
Now, I happen to agree with Obama boosters who argue that the president has no obligation to appear on Fox News shows. If Obama and his minions don't think they can hold their own with Chris Wallace, they are free to cower in their comfy offices.
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