Friday, October 16, 2009
Glenn Beck takes on Obama's Anita Dunn and her favorite guy, Mao
On Oct 15, 2009 Glenn Beck's television program on the Fox New Network targeted Dunn by showing a video clip of her giving a speech to high school students on June 5, 2009. She stated "two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa -- not often coupled with each other -- but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, 'You're going to make choices, you're going to challenge, you're going to say, why not?, you're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before." Beck was critical of Dunn as he continued to question what he alleged was a pattern of communist and Marxist sympathies of many in the Obama administration. Media Matters commented that Beck "falsely claimed that White House communications director Anita Dunn 'worships' and 'idolizes' 'her hero' Mao Zedong" and the clip offered "no endorsement of Mao's ideology or atrocities". Mark Silva of the Chicago Tribune speculated that unlike the resignation of Van Jones, Dunn would survive the controversy.
^ Anita Dunn: Fox News An Outlet For GOP Propoganda
^ "Beck falsely claimed Anita Dunn "worships" "her hero" Mao Zedong" Media Matters for America October 15, 2009 10:40 pm E
Quotes Anita Dunn
Anita Dunn is the interim White House Communications Director.
We're going to treat [the FOX News] 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.
The New York Times interview, October 11, 2009. 
What I think is fair to say about Fox — and certainly it’s the way we view it — is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party. They 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.
CNN interview, October 12, 2009. 
The third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers - Mao Tse Tung and Mother Teresa, not often coupled with each other but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is you're going to make choices. You're going to challenge. You're going to say why not. You're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before
Speech at Catholic high school in Bethesda Maryland, as broadcast on the Glenn Beck Show, Oct 15, 2009.