CNN’s hilariously lame defense of Mao-Loving White House Advisor Anita Dunn
CNN just can’t abide people telling anyone the truth about how Obama’s cronies are either admitted Communists, like the disgraced Van Jones, or just think Commies are awesome, like Anita Dunn. Comrade Dunn is the White House Communication Director who gave what appeared to be a commencement speech wherein she clearly states that Mao Tse-tung is one of her political heroes. She goes on a long, serious discussion explaining exactly why Chairman Mao was so wise and how his wisdom could guide her audience in their future endeavors. We talked about this on the podcast yesterday. Here is the clip from Beck, with the video of Dunn.
So now Anita Dunn, according to CNN, is “firing back” at Beck. Actually it is Dunn giving the utterly laughable excuse that she was joking about the whole thing and blaming a dead Republican political strategist, Lee Atwate, for the whole thing.
White House communications director Anita Dunn fired back at criticism from TV commentator Glenn Beck on Friday, saying that a Mao Tse-tung quote Beck took issue with was picked up from legendary GOP strategist Lee Atwater.
“The Mao quote is one I picked up from the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater from something I read in the late 1980s, so I hope I don’t get my progressive friends mad at me,” Dunn told CNN.
As for Beck’s criticism: “The use of the phrase ‘favorite political philosophers’ was intended as irony, but clearly the effort fell flat — at least with a certain Fox commentator whose sense of irony may be missing.”
The issue isn’t whether Lee Atwater ever quoted Mao. A simpleton knows you don’t adopt somebody’s philosophy as your own simply by quoting them. But when you quote them and then explicitly say the person is one of your biggest influences, then you make it your own. So Dunn’s lame attempt to source the quote back to Atwater and have that somehow serve as an explanation for what she said is patently ridiculous.
Taking its cue from the White House, CNN , the 4th most popular cable news network and fact-checker of Saturday Night Live skits skewering the president (even Jon Stewart snorted at that one), picks up the canard and runs with it.
But it’s not just Dunn, a Democrat, who has used Mao as someone she reads.
Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group, points out that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, also a Fox News contributor, quoted Mao in a 1995 Roll Call profile.
“War is politics with blood; politics is war without blood,” Gingrich said, citing Mao.
Karl Rove, another Fox News contributor, wrote in a December 2008 Wall Street Journal op-ed that President Bush “encouraged me to read a Mao biography.”
Sometimes people read books to understand the depravity of their opponents and those who would destroy them. After all, lots of Republicans like Rove and Gingrich have read Mao, right along with Rules for Radicals and Dreams from my Father.