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For Obama to try to shut down/muzzle Fox would be an open declaration of class war.  Whatever else Obama may have promised, he made no secret of his consensual/"bipartisan" approach to political problem solving. A hard left approach would certainly be to put the squeeze on the ultra-right wing and provoke them to violence - so as to isolate and criminalise them.  I don't see any stomach for that kind of fight almost anywhere within the US political spectrum.  So while arguably Obama could, he could not survive politically if he tried.  He would also probably be assassinated if he tried.  When politics turns to violence, it is almost always the ultra right which wins. The propertied simply have access to more guns and resources. Progressive change depends on keeping violence off the table.  A bit of venting by the extreme right is a small price to pay.

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