Risking his wife's wrath, Clarence Page has to admit he agrees with Sean Hannity. The Fox News host has correctly called President Obama on the disconnect between campaign rhetoric and the attempted boycott of Hannity's employer. "It is disingenuous for right-wing pundits to accuse Obama of dividing the country, considering the five-star job they have done in turning us against each other," Page writes. "But if Obama is being judged by a different standard of civility, it is a standard he set for himself."
"Fox is what their defenders say it is, not a political organization but a news operation." the left-leaning Chicago Tribune columnist acknowledges. He takes a couple of pokes at "news clowns" Hannity and Glenn Beck but comes down harder on the White House. "When powerful people lash back at the media that cover them, they only make the media look sympathetic," Page argues. "They boost their adversary's audience with curiosity seekers who wonder what all the fuss is about."