What would Mao do?
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.