Tensions between Fox News and the White House drew public attention in the Obama administration's first year, but we haven't heard much about it lately. Today, the right-leaning group Judicial Watch released a trove of emails obtained last week through a Freedom of Information Act request, which show White House communications aides discussing Fox, not too favorably, in private.
From Judicial Watch's release:
Regarding general anti-FNC bias within the Obama White House in an October 23, 2009, email exchange between Jennifer Psaki, Deputy White House Communications Director and LeCompte, Psaki writes, "I am putting some dead fish in the fox cubby - just cause". In an email on the night of October 22, 2009, commenting on a report by Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier noting the exclusion of the network from the pool, Psaki writes to Compte and fellow White House colleagues, "...brett baier just did a stupid piece on it -- but he is a lunatic".
In its summation, Judicial Watch also includes a seemingly damning quote from communications aide Josh Earnest, "We've demonstrated our willingness and ability to exclude Fox News from significant interviews..." but omits the rest: "... -- but yesterday, we didn't."