The Washington Post’s Mary Ann Akers blogs about the after effects of the Insight Magazine story for FNC and whether Obama is freezing out the network…
The same source pointed out that Fox News political correspondent Carl Cameron interviewed Obama on Monday during the senator’s trip to attend a field hearing on Hurricane Katrina.
But, as others pointed out, Cameron’s interview wasn’t prearranged; Cameron walked alongside Obama, who didn’t even stop while answering the questions.
No one is suggesting the icy conditions are permanent. In fact, a thawing of sorts may already have begun thanks to two telephone conversations Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes had with Obama.
Aides to Obama said they weren’t sure what exactly was said during the conversations. A Fox News spokesperson, who, though an official voice for the company asked not to be quoted by name, could neither confirm nor deny that conversations took place between Ailes and Obama. But of the “alleged freezing out” of Fox journalists by Obama’s office, she said, “If true, perhaps Mr. [Robert] Gibbs should reconsider that ill-advised strategy given his candidate is trailing by 20 points in the polls.”
UPDATE: FishbowlDC has more information…
A FOX News insider adds a bit more details to the story, telling FishbowlDC that it was Senator Obama who called FOX News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes prior to the freezing out and both calls were made without the knowledge of Obama’s staff.
The insider tells us that, while Ailes did not apologize, the conversations were cordial. Our source said that Obama spokesperson Robert Gibbs made an “error in judgment” by attacking Fox News and now supposedly freezing them out, which makes this Foxie’s quote in Akers’ story all the more noteworthy: “If true, perhaps Mr. [Robert] Gibbs should reconsider that ill-advised strategy given his candidate is trailing by 20 points in the polls.”