First, it was Fox News. But now, it’s Edmunds.com. Edmunds dared to suggest that “Cash for Clunkers” was a gigantic waste — for every vehicle sold under the program, taxpayers paid $24,000 (more than the retail value of a lot of those vehicles). The White House blog responded that Edmunds must have been examining car sales on Mars and contrasted Edmunds’ article to “mainstream analyses.” (Edmunds replies to that claim here.)
Oh, and the Associated Press got a taste of White House rebuke, too. But the President and his minions taking on the mainstream press is nothing new. Taking on a used-car website, however, is really pushing the boundaries of thin-skinned message control. And silliness.
What this proves is that literally anyone who criticizes the White House and finds any kind of an audience for it will earn the personal attention of President Obama’s political staff, at minimum in the form of a sting from the White House blog. I’m expecting my blast of Presidential rebuke any day now.
Bring it on.