For some time now, conservatives have been referring to the overly-Obama-friendly American news media as “state run media.” It seems that their claim has now been verified:
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.
“One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters,” said Dunn, referring to Plouffe, who was Obama’s chief campaign manager.
“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.”
Video of Ms. Dunn making those remarks is also included in the link.
You may be thinking, “Wow, that was an incredibly controlled handling of the media during the campaign. Why couldn’t the Republicans have put together something like that?” Of course the answer is very simple — that kind of media control doesn’t happen without the willful consent and participation of the news media itself. And only Democrats will ever garner that kind of sympathetic treatment from the mainstream media.
This probably explains the Obama Administration’s ongoing war with Fox News. Right now I’m betting that Fox News was the only major television or newspaper news outlet that refused to let Team Obama pierce its nose with a gold ring and lead it around on a rope.
Nor is it a surprising revelation from a woman who recently talked at length about her admiration for the political philosophies of Mao Tse Tung.
And liberals wonder why Fox News has twice the prime time viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined …