Is Fox News an ‘arm of the Republican Party’?

Posted Oct. 12, 2009, at 2:56 p.m.

A White House communications director said Fox News “often operates almost as either the research arm of the communications arm of the Republican Party.” Is this accurate or fair? A Fox spokeswoman has countered that the White is “confused about the difference between news reporting and vibrant opinion.” Did the White House go too far, recalling President Richard Nixon’s fights with the news media? Or was the Obama

administration justified in casting Fox News as an avowed opponent?