Tearing a page from the Hugo Chavez playbook, White House communications director Anita Dunn said:
We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.
Beck responded on his TV show Monday by heaping ridicule on the famously thin-skinned President Obama’s immature hissyfit:
Write this day down in your journal because this is a new thing We haven’t seen anything like this. OK, yeah, JFK, he did cancel the newspaper one time when he got really upset but then he resubscribed; and there was that enemy list with Nixon but I think the enemy list, I believe the enemy list, that whole thing was who’s not coming to state dinners. Could be wrong. I don’t think that they’ve used White House resources, your tax dollars, to target the media before.
Beck even facetiously circled Fox News headquarters on a map of Manhattan to help President Obama in his war planning. Beck produced toy tanks, toy missiles, and toy attack aircraft and placed them on the map.
[His] distinctiveness and his potential contribution to conservatism can be summed up with one name: R.J. Pestritto. Pestritto is a young political scientist at Hillsdale College in Michigan whom Beck has had on his TV show several times, once for the entire hour discussing Woodrow Wilson and progressivism. He is among a handful of young conservative scholars, several of whom Beck has also featured, engaged in serious academic work critiquing the intellectual pedigree of modern liberalism. Their writing is often dense and difficult, but Beck not only reads it, he assigns it to his staff. “Beck asks me questions about Hegel, based on what he’s read in my books,” Pestritto told me. Pestritto is the kind of guest Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity would never think of booking.
Okay, so Beck may lack Buckley’s urbanity, and his show will never be confused with “Firing Line.” But he’s on to something with his interest in serious analysis of liberalism’s patrimony. The Left is enraged with Beck’s scandal-mongering over Van Jones and ACORN, but they have no idea that he poses a much bigger threat than that.