What would Mao do?

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tive Mr. At­wa­ter mak­ing a joke about Mao and rev­er­en­tial views com­ing from one of Pres­i­dent Obama’s mouth­pieces.

“What would Mao do?” seems to be the guid­ing ques­tion in White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­egy. Miss Dunn bragged that dur­ing the 2008 pres­i­den- tu­ral Revo­lu­tion Lite.

A push for con­trol is re­vealed in at­tempts to or­ga­nize Hol­ly­wood to help con­vey party mes­sages and to use the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts to pro­mote Obama pol­icy ini­tia­tives. The Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion This re­minds us of Mao’s ad­mi­ra­tion for the Soviet “sub­bot­nik,” or vol­un­tary (ac­tu­ally forced) la­bor pro­gram. The fact that the White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor finds in­spi­ra­tion in the words of the man who gave the world brain­wash­ing is cause for con­cern.

The cur­rent war with Fox News — which Miss Dunn called “opin­ion jour­nal­ism mas­querad­ing as news” — shows the White House com­mit­ment to con­trol­ling the press. Among Fox News’ crimes was when Chris Wal­lace factchecked con­tro­ver­sial state­ments made on his pro­gram by As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Tammy Duck­worth. Yet to Miss Dunn, the me­dia should serve as what Vladimir Lenin called “trans­mis­sion belts,” sim­ple pur­vey­ors of what­ever the White House dishes out, un­crit­i­cally and un­think­ingly. How dare Fox News check facts. No one factchecked Mao.

On “This Week” on Oct. 18, Obama se­nior ad­viser David Ax­el­rod lec­tured Ge­orge Stephanopou­los on how ABC should treat Fox. Any news shop that fol­lows the White House line will be seen as an ex­ten­sion of Miss Dunn’s in­for­ma­tion ma­chine. Mean­while Fox’s rat­ings con­tinue to go up.

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