I understand the push for this, and would whole-heartedly agree with it, if it were being fairly enforced:
Planners of the conference want to force representatives of the [Fox] cable news network to wear credentials identifying them as opinion media rather than providing them with the regular press passes other news outlets will receive…
A spokeswoman for Fox News called the policy a “predictable stunt and a moot point” since the network would not be sending anyone to cover the four-day conference that kicked off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday.
But if anyone from the network were to show up, [Josh Orton, political director of Netroots Nation said] they would have to wear a press pass with the words “Opinion Media” printed on it. The credential would not restrict Fox’s ability to cover the conference, but Mr. Orton said that journalists from other media organizations like Air America, the liberal radio network, and the National Review, a conservative journal, would receive regular credentials. The difference, Mr. Orton said, is that those outlets are “explicitly progressive or explicitly conservative. They don’t have a branding problem.”
Sorry, but Air Obama and National Review are not news outlets, they are “Opinion Media,” too; reporting the news means reporting the facts, and facts are not “explicitly progressive or explicitly conservative.” Failing to credential those two propaganda mills as “Opinion” is inconsistent and undermines the validity of the argument against the Fox Propaganda Channel. Further, if the differently-named credentials don’t carry with them differing levels of access, there’s no point in making a distinction between news and opinion media.