Friday, October 23, 2009

It's war against Fox News is very telling of the mindset and maturity of the Obama administration

As this photo is of mine:

Pic: Copyright Timothy Allen - Strictly no reproduction without permission of the photographer.The Beaufort Hunt , on the Badminton Estate , Gloucestershire.PIC: COPYRIGHT TIMOTHY ALLEN.20/11/04..

But I don´t think Fox has too much to worry about.

As Charles Krauthammer points out in his column this morning:

There's nothing illegal about such search-and-destroy tactics. Nor unconstitutional. But our politics are defined not just by limits of legality or constitutionality. We have norms, Madisonian norms.

Madison argued that the safety of a great republic, its defense against tyranny, requires the contest between factions or interests. His insight was to understand "the greater security afforded by a greater variety of parties." They would help guarantee liberty by checking and balancing and restraining each other -- and an otherwise imperious government.

Factions should compete, but they should also recognize the legitimacy of other factions and, indeed, their necessity for a vigorous self-regulating democracy. Seeking to deliberately undermine, delegitimize and destroy is not Madisonian. It is Nixonian.

And as Tim Blair observed:

"As a tactic, the White House’s shunning of Fox News has worked beautifully – but not for the White House."