Monday, October 19, 2009

WH Communications Director Anita Dunn Admits: We “Control” News Media

World Net Daily has this video. It is from a January 12, 2009 Global Foundation for Democracy and Development event in the Dominican Republic.

Anita Dunn spills the beans on the Obama campaign’s press strategy.

"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?

Second, I am thankful that Anita spared us the nasty smacking noise in this video.

Third, this strategy of feeding the media a message and forcing them to write about what was said, rather than answering the media's questions sounds an awful lot like what Sarah Palin is doing with her Facebook page.  Clearly Palin was paying attention.

Fourth, this like the Balloon boy story just goes to show how easy it is to manipulate the lame steam media.  If todays so called reporters and so called journalist actually did some investigative work, they could not be so easily played. Although in Obama’s case the media was clearly willing to be played


Writer X said...

Clearly Anita gets to wear the Dunce hat this week. Not that I mind. Loose lips, sinks ships?

The Griper said...

makes shambles out of the meaning of the phrase and concept of investigative reporters, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

We (conservatives) get slammed for calling this administration socialist, fascist, or communist - however this is exactly how it is behaving. This most recent comment, by someone who was not giving Consent and Advisement (as prescribed in the Constitution.

snaggletoothie said...

It is interesting that she does not like the word 'truth.' She seems to feel that she has to use surrogates rather than the word. Thia feels especially ironic since the word 'pravda' kept echoing in my brain until she stated her preference for a word other than 'truth.'

Janelle said...

And after the clip shows up, so will the bus. I bet within two weeks, Dunn will join the group already buried there.

Anonymous said...

When I was a senior in high school, my literature teacher had us read the George Orwell novel, 1984. As part of our final exam, we had to write an essay comparing the world in Orwell's book to the world today (this was 1985). One of the criticisms I wrote was the apathy of the people. No one complained or questioned the government, even when faced with outright lies. The government controlled the media and everyone was satisfied with what they were told and content to live their own futile lives. Fast forward some 24 years later and the world envisioned by George Orwell is desperately close to coming to fruition. The government, under Dunn, desires to control the media. The White House openly lies yet no one questions the President. Somewhere, in socialist heaven, Josef Stalin is smiling broadly while George Orwell is crying.

Heather Chandler said...

At least she's honest...but some liberal loon is going to come out saying she was misquoted or taken out of context or some other form of backpedeling... Or throw her under the bus.

Anonymous said...

Sweet baby Jesus, that smacking sound is enough to get me to leave a room, let alone turn off a Marxist harridan's moonbattery.

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