Monday, October 19, 2009

Anita Dunn - "Very Rarely Did we Communicate Through The Press Anything That we Didn't Absolutely Control"

A video has surfaced of White House Communications Director Anita Dunn saying that, "very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control" on January 12 of this year. While it makes some sense; that you want to control the message you project, it still sounds bad. It sounds like they are controlling the media. This will likely be used in the ongoing conflict between the White House and Fox News.

For those of you just tuning in to this controversy , this started when Anita Dunn 'called out' Fox News. Beck responded by installing a 'Red Phone Hotline', then aired a tape where Dunn said that Mao was one of her favorite philosophers. On the defensive, Dunn countered by saying that she was joking, and then added "Let it be noted that I also quoted Mother Teresa, but no one is accusing me of being a saint!". Not only was I was unconvinced, the New York Times declared Fox News the unequivocated victor. Axelrod and Emanuel joined in to take some of the pressure off of Dunn. And now Beck will likely turn up that pressure.

Video embedded below.

Via Clifton;

"From World Net Daily:

"Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control," said Dunn.
"One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters," said Dunn, referring to Plouffe, who was Obama's chief campaign manager.
"We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it," Dunn said.
Continued Dunn: "Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it, what the tactic was. … Making the press cover what we were saying."
First of all, who wants to take bets that this video will be on Glenn Beck tonight?"

I think that is a pretty safe bet.

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