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White House Communications Director Anita Dunn will step down by the end of November and be replaced by her deputy Dan Pfeiffer.White House Communications Director Anita Dunn will step down by the end of November... more
White House Communications Director Anita Dunn will step down by the end of November and be replaced by her deputy Dan Pfeiffer, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Dunn's departure had been expected as she took the position on an interim basis earlier in the year.
Before joining the White House, Pfeiffer worked on Barack Obama's presidential campaign and also for several Democratic senators.
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For a genuine presidential war on the press, see the one FDR waged in the 1930s.
How touchy can you get?
The White House fires a few pop-guns in the direction of Fox News Channel, and suddenly everybody from Louis Menand in The New Yorker to Michael Scherer in Time to Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post is heralding the Obama administration's declaration of war on Rupert Murdoch's cable station.
The direct declaration came not from Barack Obama, but underlings Anita Dunn, who called Fox the communications arm of the GOP; David Axelrod, who said Fox isn't really a news station; and Rahm Emanuel, who invoked the president's views to say, "It's not a news organization so much as it has a perspective." The closest His Obamaness has come to criticizing Fox on the record was in June, when he complained of "one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration."
o get a genuine picture of what a war on the press looks like, you can't fan the pages of Nexis for grouchy things George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or even Richard Nixon said about reporters, newspapers, and networks. You've got to go back to the 1930s, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt raged against the press like noisy clockwork.
Roosevelt's fury couldn't have been more displaced, in part because newspapers and reporters received him like a conquering hero after his 1932 election, reports Graham J. White in his 1979 book, FDR and the Press:
The initial victory of Franklin Roosevelt over the Washington press was swift and glorious. Demonstrating a virtuosity that amazed them, the new president took the Capital correspondents by storm, winning, from the outset, their affection and admiration; securing, over the crucial early stages of the New Deal, their allegiance and support.
Roosevelt especially disliked "interpretive reporting," which Time and Newsweek were popularizing, writes Betty Houchin Winfield in her 1990 book, FDR and the News Media. Roosevelt recoiled when a reporter asked him what interpretive angle the president would take if he were to write a piece about the Democratic Party's 1934 landslide victory. "I think it is a mistake for newspapers to go over into that field in the news stories," Roosevelt said. His prescription for what reporters should do for readers: "Give them the facts and nothing else." (One can almost see Dunn and Axelrod giving Fox the same advice.)
The president reserved his greatest disdain for press proprietors, whom he blamed for what he considered unfair and distorted coverage. "It is not the reporter" who is responsible for "colored news stories and the failure on the part of some papers to print the news," Roosevelt said in December 1935. "It goes back to the owner of the paper."For a genuine presidential war on the press, see the one FDR waged in the 1930s.... more
So much for post-partisan politics. Team Obama's attacks on Fox News are petty and childish. Top Bush strategist Nicolle Wallace on why the White House war on cable is backfiring badly.So much for post-partisan politics. Team Obama's attacks on Fox News are petty... more
White House Communications Director Anita Dunn made headlines last week for calling out Fox News, now she's drawing attention for comments she made about how the Obama campaign managed to control and route around the traditional press. You can bet this video is going viral.
In footage from a January conference, Dunn candidly explains the campaign's disciplined emphasis on disintermediationWhite House Communications Director Anita Dunn made headlines last week for calling... more
The Obama campaign's press strategy focused on "making" the media cover what the campaign wanted and on exercising absolute "control" over coverage.The Obama campaign's press strategy focused on "making" the media... more
Communications chief offers shocking confession to foreign government
Dunn was speaking at a Jan. 12, 2009, event focusing on Obama's media tactics and hosted by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, which seeks to promote collaboration between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic. The event was held in Santo Domingo and was attended by the country's president.
Dunn has been facing some criticism since she led a White House campaign last week against Fox News, slamming the top-rated network as an "arm of the Republican Party" and "opinion journalism masquerading as news."
Fox hit back this past Friday, releasing a video of Dunn speaking to high school students last June in which she lists her two "favorite political philosophers," including Communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung, whose draconian policies are blamed for the deaths of tens of millions of people.Communications chief offers shocking confession to foreign government... more
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- White House communications director Anita Dunn fired back at criticism from TV commentator Glenn Beck on Friday, saying that a Mao Tse-tung quote Beck took issue with was picked up from legendary GOP strategist Lee Atwater.
"The Mao quote is one I picked up from the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater from something I read in the late 1980s, so I hope I don't get my progressive friends mad at me," Dunn told CNN.
As for Beck's criticism: "The use of the phrase 'favorite political philosophers' was intended as irony, but clearly the effort fell flat -- at least with a certain Fox commentator whose sense of irony may be missing."
On Thursday night's program, Beck showed exclusive video of Dunn discussing the communist leader, who was responsible for a cultural revolution in 1966 that included re-education camps and setting the army and students on witch hunts against his opponents.
Millions of Chinese suffered or died, most notably teachers, writers, political opponents or anyone deemed a "reactionary."
Dunn, taped in a speech in what appears to be a church, said the leader's philosophies were a guidepost for her own strategy on politics. She also praised the philosophy used by religious icon Mother Teresa.
"The third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers: Mao Tse-tung and Mother Theresa -- not often coupled with each other, but the two people I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point which is 'you're going to make choices; you're going to challenge; you're going to say why not; you're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before."
The comments set Beck into a tirade.
"It's insanity. This is her hero's work," he said. "She thinks of this man's work all the time?
"It would be like me saying to you, 'you know who my favorite political philosopher is? Adolf Hitler.' Have you read Mein Kampf? [She wants to] fight your fight like Hitler did," Beck said.WASHINGTON (CNN) -- White House communications director Anita Dunn fired back at... more
Glenn Beck has dug up what is said to be proof of President Obama's dangerous radicalism in the form of this video of White House communications director Anita Dunn invoking Mao Zedong as one of her "two favorite political philosophers." But after watching the clip, my conclusion is that she isn't talking about political philosophy and she doesn't know squat about Mao.
Beck makes much of the mass murder produced by the Chinese tyrant. But Dunn wasn't talking about anything concret he did, good or bad. She was merely quoting a banality about choosing your own path: "You fight your war, and I'll fight mine."
Dunn was not talking about goals; she was talking about strategy. And what she said about strategy was pretty vacuous.
She's not the first Washington figure to quote evil totalitarians. During the campaign, John McCain was fond of quoting Mao to the effect that "it's always darkest just before it goes totally black." Conservative anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist has been known to quote Lenin about combating enemies: "Probe with bayonets, looking for weaknesses." But I don't think either of them is a closet Communist.
As for the wisdom she invoked, it seems obvious that Dunn was being tongue-in-cheek, since the other of her favorite political philosophers is not a political figure at all--Mother Teresa.
And it's entirely believable that, as she claims, she got the Mao line not from a biography of Mao but from something written by the late Republican political strategist Lee Atwater. I asked China historian Arthur Waldron of the University of Pennsylvania if he recognized the reference, and he said, "The quote is certainly not familiar to me, nor does it sound like Mao."
Dunn, whatever Beck imagines, is the antithesis of a revolutionary guerrilla--a veteran Washington establishment operator who has worked for such centrists as Bill Bradley and John Glenn. Clearly, she's spent far too much time over her career having power lunches with capital big shots and not enough time studying the history of 20th-century China. If she knew anything about Mao, she'd know better than to say something nice about him.
So the best explanations for her words are shallowness and ignorance, not a fondness for communism. I'm pretty confident Dunn has as about much in common with Mao as she does with Mother Teresa.Glenn Beck has dug up what is said to be proof of President Obama's dangerous... more
The politics of cable news are heating up. White House Communications Director Anita Dunn slams Fox News for being an extension of the Republican party. That Fox is a biased, conservative organization is no secret and nothing new. What is new is the Obama administration having the audacity to point out the obvious: Fox News is neither fair nor balanced.The politics of cable news are heating up. White House Communications Director Anita... more