That article is completely overblown. Find anywhere in there that he is looking to quash their freedom to "report" whatever they want to.
Why else would a president go on the attack against a news organization (twice) other than to discredit them and eliminate their voice from the debate? Why would former White House Director of Communications Anita Dunn send out a memo to Democrats to boycott Fox News?
Why doesn't Obama show this same disdain for MSNBC, which arguably has more radicalized viewpoints from people like Olbermann, Schulz and Maddow? Since when did their opinions become fact?
Could it be because they worship Obama?
Fox New does have a "point of view." I would go much further and say that it is outright biased and does not report news, it is the ultimate in dramaticizing, to the point of being completely unprofessional. I have said many times that it should be called "Fox News Entertainment" because it isn't really a news channel.
Fox News has a news portion and has opinion shows.
During the news portion, hard news is reported.
During the opinion shows, such as O'Reilly, Hannity, Beck etc, opinions are given.
How is this ANY different than MSNBC with Olbermann, Maddow etc and CNN with Cafferty and Brown?
Answer: it is not.
All three cable organizations are owned by people with an ideological slant. All three organizations cover news stories during their news shows. All three organizations have opinion shows that slant one way or the other.
The only difference is that CNN and MSNBC lean to the left while Fox News leans to the right.
Wait.... I'm wrong. There is one more difference.
CNN and MSNBC will bring in several Democrat or Liberal voices to their segments with one or two token Republicans. But if you put on Fox and watch O'Reilly for example, he often brings on strongly opinionated liberals and Democrats such as Professor Marc Lamont Hill, who may be more liberal than any Democrat in Congress, Reverend Al Sharpton, Alan Colmes former Dukakis campaign manager Susan Estrich, just to name a few.