Tuesday, 20 October 2009

White House: We "control" the press

Yep, Fox News has uncovered a January video of Anita Dunn, the White House Mao-loving Communications Director, making various statements about the Obama camp's 'control' of the press during the 2008 election:

"Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control," Dunn said, admitting that the strategy "did not always make us popular in the press."

One thing the report mentions is that Obama usually gave only live interviews so that they could not be edited - which is likely a strategy the McCain/Palin camp would have done well to use themselves.

Whether you love or hate Fox News the ongoing attacks coming from the White House should concern you. Greatly. I have started checking Fox News's website daily (which I never used to do) because of the attacks coming the White House - it is pretty clear that the Obama administration is afraid of Fox News and they are lashing out like a cat in a corner. However, what is much more important is the White House using this "war" with Fox News to distract Americans from:

-the real War in Afghanistan - an arena in which Obama can't seem to make a decision

-sinking support for ObamaCare -Opposition "firmed up" at 54%

-North Korea is still test-firing missiles and enriching uranium

-Iran's nuclear clock is ticking, and the Revolutionary Guard is vowing revenge on US and Britain after a suicide bomber killed several of its members over the weekend

-the US is softening up on Sudan - and you have to love this quote from the US Special Envoy to Sudan :
"I'm not saying genocide is over. What I'm saying is that my focus is on recovery...My view is that to get involved in a debate that is not required is not going to fix the situation, which is required."
This is quite interesting since the article also states that Hillary Clinton is using the word "genocide" to try and appease those wanting stronger measures against Sudan. It is important to note that Susan Rice, who was also part of the Clinton Administration during the genocide in Rwanda, is playing a key role in the policies of the current administration.

Flashback via Fast Company:
Rice is especially remembered for one startling comment (reported by Samantha Power--now a fellow Obama adviser--in her seminal 2001 account in The Atlantic of the U.S. failure to act): "If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?" Rice has said she doesn't remember making the comment, but that it was inappropriate. Through a spokesman, she declined comment for this story and referred me to various statements she has made expressing contrition. (She told Power: "I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.")

In a very unscientific experiment, SMW used Google News to search "White House Fox News" and was given 6,331 results. She then did the same search using "White House Sudan" and was given 712 results.