Wednesday, October 14, 2009

White House Communications Dir.: Fox Is "A Wing Of The Republican Party"

Does Anita Dunn, White House communications director, read The Liberal Curmudgeon? I have consistently stated that Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party masquerading as a news station. Now listen to Dunn:

Dunn: The reality of it is that Fox News often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party. And it’s not ideological. I mean, obviously there are many commentators who are conservative, liberal, centrist, and everybody understands that. What I think is fair to say about Fox is — and certainly the way we view it — is that it really is more of a wing of the Republican Party. [...]

They’re widely viewed as, you know, a part of the Republican Party — take their talking points, put them on the air, take their opposition research, put them on the air, and that’s fine. But let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.

In another interview, Dunn demonstrated that the White House has an accurate perception of Fox: “We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.”

Dunn also stated that the Fox audience is beyond persuasion for the White House. During the election campaign, she said that the Obama camp withdrew its representatives from the station because "It was beyond diminishing returns. It was no returns." Not surprising when one considers that Dick Cheney required that the TV in a hotel suite should be tuned to Fox.

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