“Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control.” (Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director)
Every White House tries to shape the message that they want to present to the American people; however, is the Barack Obama and his minions taking this to a whole new level and looking to control the media? It would appear from comment and action that might be the case. Is this the reason why the Obama Administration has come out swinging against Fox News? Not because they are not a true media outlet, but because they cannot control them.
President Obama’s presidential campaign focused on “making” the news media cover certain issues while rarely communicating anything to the press unless it was “controlled,” White House Communications Director Anita Dunn disclosed to the Dominican government at a videotaped conference.
“Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn’t absolutely control,” said Dunn.
“We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the press controlled it,” Dunn said.
Continued Dunn: “Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was saying it, what the tactic was. … Making the press cover what we were saying.”
Among other things like needing an enemy to focus on, maybe this is the reason why the Barack Obama White House has such a difficult time with Fox News and feels the need to attack them? And attack some more. They are not falling into lock-step with the rest of the MSM.
As Town Hall states, with all all too in the tank Obama media happy to neglect their job as journalists, the Obama White House’s control is made easy. It is pretty easy to control the media when they are all to ready and willing to follow Obama’s marching orders. The media is supposed to be the People’s opposition and questionng vehicle to prevent a government from spinning out of control. Sadly, today’s MSM only believes in being the opposition to some and Barack Obama knows it.
The White House apparently feels it must marginalize Fox for a reason. And the only reason I can come up with is the White House feels it is hurting it’s agenda. To me the most telling remark about Fox came when Dunn said that when President Obama goes on Fox he believes he’s debating the opposition.
I thought that’s what all real journalists considered themselves – the opposition. Now, apparently, journalistic worth is measured by the White House as how compliant you are and how willing you are to carry water for them.