Anita Dunn

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Anita Dunn stepped in as the temporary White House communications director in 2009 when Ellen Moran abruptly left the post to take a job at the Department of Commerce.

Dunn returned to Squier Knapp Dunn (the consulting firm where she is a partner) after the end of her interim term at the start of December 2009, but will remain as a consultant to the White House on the communications and strategic matters. Dunn is replaced by her deputy, Dan Pfeiffer.

Mao Tse Tung


Anita Dunn, Mao Tse Tung, June 5, 2009

In a talk on June 5, 2009, Dunn referred to Mao Tse Tung as one of her favorite political philosophers.

She later led the Obama administration in criticism of the Fox News Channel. When she appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday, October 11, 2009, she was asked to clarify a statement she made to Time magazine regarding Fox News, "it's opinion journalism masquerading as news."

Dunn said, "if you were a Fox News viewer in the fall election, what you would have seen would have been that the biggest stories and biggest threats facing America were a guy named Bill Ayers and something called ACORN. The reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."

Dunn added, "And it's not ideological. Obviously, there are many commentators who have conservative, liberal, centrist, and everybody understands that. But I think what is fair to say about FOX and certainly the way we view it is that it really is more a wing of the Republican Party."[1]

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