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 is con­sid­er­ing con­tent reg­u­la­tions on

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White House Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor Anita Dunn told a group of high school stu­dents last June that for­mer Chi­nese com­mu­nist dic­ta­tor Mao Ze­dong was one of her two fa­vorite po­lit­i­cal philoso­phers, and you could tell she was speak­ing from the heart. Her earnest ap­peal to the teenagers to fight their own wars, as Mao had coun­seled when chal­lenged within his own party, was clearly meant as a call to ac­tivism. “You fight your war and I’ll fight mine,” she quoted Mao as say­ing, be­cause ap­par­ently Mao was all about per­sonal choice.

Of course, Mao’s usual re­sponse to those who ques­tioned his au­thor­ity was to have them killed, but men­tion­ing that in­con­ve­nient truth might de­tract from Miss Dunn anoint­ing him a philoso­pher.

Miss Dunn’s quo­ta­tion of Chair­man Mao as one of the two peo­ple she “most turns to” has cre­ated a me­dia sen­sa­tion. A be­wil­dered Miss Dunn, dis­cov­er­ing that not every­one reveres mass mur­der­ers as sources of valu­able life lessons, claimed she was only quot­ing late Repub­li­can po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tive Lee At­wa­ter’s views on the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party chair­man. But there is a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence be­tween uber­con­serva- tial cam­paign, “very rarely did we com­mu­ni­cate through the press any­thing that we didn’t ab­so­lutely con­trol.” The Obama White House con­tin­ues this drive for con­trol us­ing the tools of gov­ern­ment, seek­ing to harness all means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or­ga­nize a Cul- is con­sid­er­ing con­tent reg­u­la­tions on ra­dio sta­tions un­der the guise of pro­mot­ing “di­ver­sity.” The White House con­vinced tele­vi­sion net­works to em­bed themes of “ser­vice and vol­un­teer­ing” last week, and tried to re­brand Sept. 11 as a Day of Ser­vice.

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