PAT ON THE HEAD

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decades-long ex­emp­tion from an­titrust law. This would blow a hole in the in­dus­try’s prof­itabil­ity, as would Oba­maCare for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. The in­dus­try now faces a choice of play­ing ball with Democrats and get­ting pun­ished, or try­ing to de­feat the bill and be­ing bru­tal­ized as an act of po­lit­i­cal re­venge. This is the in­dus­try’s re­ward for spending mil­lions to pro­mote ‘re­form’ in the hopes of not be­com­ing a po­lit­i­cal tar­get. It’s still a tar­get, and now it’s poised to lose the pol­icy fight, too.”

“But what about the other model? Who is this year’s Gold­wa­ter — and, just maybe, our Rea­gan? Who is the per­son move­ment con­ser­va­tives re­ally want? It sure ain’t Mike Huck­abee. And it might be Sarah Palin.” Fox News an­a­lyst Brit Hume, in an ap­pear­ance Oct. 19 on the net­work’s “Spe­cial Re­port with Bret Baier,” won­dered how other news or­ga­ni­za­tions are re­act­ing to the White House’s re­quest that they quar­an­tine Fox News, Jeff Poor re­ports at news­busters .org.

“So the pres­i­dent’s aides ap­pear on other news chan­nels to say that Fox, un­like those out­lets, is re­ally not a news or­ga­ni­za­tion but an arm of the Repub­li­can Par ty,” Mr. Hume said. “One won­ders how our col­leagues at CNN and else­where like be­ing pat­ted on the head and given the seal of ap­proval by the White House. Th­ese out­lets al­ready stand ac­cused of be­ing in the tank for Mr. Obama. Do they re­ally want to open them­selves up to more such crit­i­cism by ig­nor­ing le­git­i­mate sto­ries be­cause they orig­i­nate here?”

Mr. Hume added: “Here at Fox, mean­while, the at­tacks have been some­thing of a boon, es­pe­cially to the highly opin­ion­ated and wildly pop­u­lar Glenn Beck, who has in­stalled a di­rect phone line on his set and in­vited the White House to call if any­one there has a beef. So far, no calls.”

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