GOP Sen. Alexander to Obama: ‘Don’t Make an Enemies List’
October 21, 2009
(ChattahBox)—For the past couple of weeks Fox News pundit Sean Hannity has been on a mission to smear President Obama over his criticism of the lack of objectivity of Fox News, claiming Obama has made a so called “enemies list” with the Fox News channel supposedly at the top of the list. Conspiracy theories and wild unfounded accusations, like an enemies list are standard fare for the likes of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, but the false talking points have a habit lately, of coming right out of the mouths of Republican lawmakers a few days later.
And today a top GOP leader in Congress, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) took up Hannity’s unfounded accusations in a speech on the Senate floor, characterizing Obama as a street brawler, urging him not to make an enemies list, like the one kept by former President Nixon.
White House communications director Anita Dunn, recently referred to the Fox news channel, as a “communications arm” of the Republican Party. And indeed, it’s no secret that Fox News advances GOP talking points as legitimate news, day in and day out. Additionally, the false accusations and bizarre conspiracy theories aired nightly by Hannity and Beck, soon find their way to Republican lawmakers, who treat them as fact.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, a former staffer for the Nixon administration offered a “friendly suggestion” to President Obama not to create an enemies list, like Nixon did:
“I want to make what I hope will be a friendly suggestion to President Obama and his White House and it is this: Don’t make an enemies list” said Alexander.
“I have an uneasy feeling only ten months into this new administration that we’re beginning to see the symptoms of the same type of animus developing in the Obama administration”
Lamar based his accusations on the Obama administration’s criticism of Fox News and Obama’s pledge to “call out” members of Congress and others who purposely lie and mislead the American people about health care reform. Lamar characterized Obama, as engaging in an unseemly war with a “major news organization” and people who don’t agree with him:
“Even the president in his address to Congress on health care, threatened to call out members of Congress who disagree with him. Mr President, this behavior is typical of street brawls and political campaign consultants.” [...]
“As any veteran of the Nixon White House can attest, we’ve been down this road before and it won’t end well. An enemies list only denigrates the presidency and the Republic itself.” [...]
“Let’s not start calling people out in compiling an enemies list. Let’s push the street brawling out of the White House.” [...]
At the conclusion of Alexander’s speech, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) said, “I take it the Senator from Tennessee is suggesting that this administration is Nixifying the White House is that correct?”
Alexander responded: “What I’m seeing is some of the same signs” And he called Gregg’s term Nixifying “an interesting way to describe” the Obama administration.
Watch the video courtesy of Talking Points Memo: