last night, President Obama is planning to do an interview with Fox News' Major Garrett. Although this seems like a direct break in the administration's feud with the Fox News network, it is not a surprising development. It fits in perfectly with the private White House strategy reported in a Washington Post article
that I blogged
about last month.
The White House strategy, according to the Post, was to have Dunn (who was supposed to be at the White House short-term) directly attack Fox and then her departure "potentially gave the administration the opportunity to distance itself from the flap with the Roger Ailes-led news channel..." It was only a few days ago that it was announced that Dunn would be leaving the White House at the end of November
. Now that Dunn is definitely out, the White House is more than eager to do an interview with Fox News, which could help end the feud and the discussion about it in the media.
The interview with Major Garrett will definitely be an interesing one. With major health care reform in the Congress and the American people still waiting on a decision about Afghanistan from the Commander in Chief, there are a lot of topics that Garrett should ask about in his alloted time.
Garrett should also make sure to ask President Obama about the White House's strategy to attack the news network so directly
while so many other pressing issues (including the high unemployment numbers) across this country did not garner the sort of attention they deserved.