Fox News' Preemptive Strike Against Gawker

Fox News is all about preemptive strikes. They were cheerleaders for it in Iraq. They still are...unless Obama does it. Then it would be anti-American, socialist and an affront to all things good and decent. Anyway, if I've learned anything

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Fox News is all about preemptive strikes. They were cheerleaders for it in Iraq. They still are...unless Obama does it. Then it would be anti-American, socialist and an affront to all things good and decent.

Anyway, if I've learned anything covering the media it's that the tactics Fox celebrates in their fellow right-wingers in power are the same tactics their notorious PR department engages in.

Yes, they adore bullies and employ them to do publicity.

So Gawker is now passe according to Fox. They're claiming their traffic is WAY down and Gawker is on par with Chatroulette and MySpace (owned by Murdoch by the way).

Why? Why is Gawker in the crosshairs of Fox & Cronies? "It's wall to wall snark," says Larry O'Connor editor of Breitbart.com (see a traffic comparison in the graph).

Yes, that's why people don't go to the Internet anymore...all the trash talk. It's like that Yogi Berra quote, "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."

Gawker's John Cook has a better idea:

I have for several weeks been working on a story about a Fox News personality that Fox News really does not want published! Fox knows what the story is, because I've asked its PR department for comment (they refused). Tune in next week to see what the story is.

He also documents the barrage of "Gawker sucks" comments on FNC and their website.

Cook offers this foreshadowing:

And if past is prologue, get ready to see Gawker on Fox News a lot.

H/T FishbowlLA

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