Interesting column from a very good writer. I didn't live in the U.S. during the Bush administration so I don't know whether this is a new thing or not, but I personally find the stated goal of marginalizing a news network to be troubling. The Blair Government tried the same thing in Britain for a few years, led by uber spin doctor Alastair Campbell. However, as that Government's policies and (stated) successes began to fray around the edges, so did the attempt to manipulate public opinion. Obama would do well to remember that even the most partisan media outlets will only remain onside while there is plausible success to report. When the juicy tidbits that were being fed to them are no longer palatable, all media will quite happily bite the hand that was doing the feeding.