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
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.