11/10/2009 09:56 AM
The resignation of Anita Dunn as communications czar in the White House is a victory for Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and Fox News.
Dunn resigned soon after she made this infamous statement about Fox. "The reality of it is that Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party," she said.
The powerhouse website WorldNetDaily was the first to report the tempest, and Dunn's politial obituary was soon written as well.
Fox attacked back and the fallout was immediate. Other television channels backed Fox, no matter how much they agreed with Dunn and her comments which were later also backed up by David Axelrod, Obama's most senior advisor.
But Dunn went and done it again a few weeks later when she proclaimed that Mao Tse Tsung was one of her favorite philosophers.
No matter what she meant to say the fact is that Mao killed millions on his march to power and also when in power in China and is hardly the pin-up boy she suggests.
I think the weight of both those missteps doomed Dunn.
Her attack on Fox was puzzling to begin with.
The oldest no-no in the book is picking a fight with someone who owns a printing press, or in
Fox's case, a vast arsenal of media outlets.
Dunn simply never explained what she was trying to do which came across as a blatant attempt to censor Fox and make them untouchable.
But in today's "Tower of Babble" media world, Fox is a major player and ignoring them or shunning them is like trying to play soccer without the football.
They are simply a necessary part of the media furniture and no matter how much the Obamaites dislike them they have to deal with them.
Dunn of course will claim that she was an interim appointment and wanted out anyway but the recent slip ups have messed with that message.
Look for the Obama camp to quietly end the Fox fixation and allow their spokespersons back on the air with Chris Wallace and others.
Glen Beck and Bill O'Reilly it seems talk loudly and also carry a big stick.
Obama and his acolytes should have known that.