By Kenneth T. Walsh, Washington Whispers
The White House's battle with Fox News is only part of a new pattern of hitting back harder than ever at President Obama's adversaries in an effort to isolate the Republican Party and its allies. White House Communications Director Anita Dunn started the Fox fuss when she said: "We're going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don't need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave." What happened: The president and his aides finally got fed up with Fox news coverage and with three Fox commentators, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly. Obama's acolytes are now also attacking the health-insurance industry more aggressively, with a White House official telling Whispers that the industry has been spreading "highly misleading" information. Obama officials say they are reviewing whether to rescind the insurance industry's long-standing exemption from federal antitrust laws.