Funny, we're always stuck with "Shall We Dance?"

A reporter complains about the all-Fox treatment on Air Force One.


Tim Grieve
April 28, 2006 5:39PM (UTC)

As we noted the other day, Dick Cheney's tour rider stipulates that all televisions in his hotel suite must be tuned to Fox News. While there's no accounting for taste, we've got no real objection to that: The vice president is free to watch what he wants to watch, and maybe he was using his TV time to hunt for a new White House press secretary, anyway.

But members of the White House press corps haven't been free to watch what they want to watch, at least not when they're riding in the back of Air Force One. During an airborne press gaggle Thursday, a reporter asked Scott McClellan why it is that all the TVs in the press cabin always seem to be showing Fox -- and why a reporter's request to have them switched to CNN had just been denied: "My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?"

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McClellan said it was the first he'd heard of any such concern, and said he'd see what he could do. True to his word -- there's a first time for everything -- McClellan reported back later that he'd called up to the front of the plane and arranged for the channel to be changed.

Of course, the passengers of Air Force One don't really need to watch Fox News anymore. Any day now, they'll start getting the Fox version of reality live and in person from Tony Snow.


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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