White House: Fox Is 'Not Really News'

Administration still sparring with conservative network
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2009 11:29 AM CDT
Senior White House advisers David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett at the National Archives in Washington, Thursday, May 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – The White House continued its scuffle with Fox News today, with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace complaining on-air that the administration dissed its request for an interview, while top aides took to competing networks to denounce it. It's "not really news," David Axelrod told This Week. The network "has a perspective," Rahm Emanuel told CNN's State of the Union, and is not a "legitimate news organization."

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