The White House’s controversial former communications director, Anita Dunn, is playing a key role in aiding the Obama administration in its selection of a Supreme Court nominee.
Dunn stepped down from her post in November amid controversy fueled when WND posted a video of Dunn that captured her disclosing to the Dominican government that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign focused on “making” the news media cover certain issues while rarely communicating anything to the press unless it was “controlled.”
That video subsequently was quoted widely by the news media.
Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck also aired a separate video of Dunn speaking to high-school students last June. In her speech, she lists her two “favorite political philosophers,” including Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong, whose draconian policies are blamed for the deaths of tens of millions of people.
Beck was hitting back after Dunn led a public campaign against Fox News Channel, slamming the top-rated network as an “arm of the Republican Party” and “opinion journalism masquerading as news.”
Now Dunn is back, reportedly helping the White House in its selection of a Supreme Court nominee.
Dunn last week was quoted widely in the media defending rumored pick Elena Kagan amid reports she is a lesbian. Dunn claimed such reports were “applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers.”
After a CBS News blogger posted a comment on Kagan’s sexual orientation, it was Dunn who reportedly contacted the network to have the comment removed.
“The fact that they’ve chosen to become enablers of people posting lies on their site tells us where the journalistic standards of CBS are in 2010,” Dunn said.
Dunn told The Washington Post that CBS was giving a platform to a blogger “with a history of plagiarism” who was “applying old stereotypes to single women with successful careers.”
Dunn was interviewed last week by MSNBC. The network introduced Dunn on air, explaining her current position with the administration.
“Her job these days is going to be to sell the [Supreme Court] nominee to advocacy groups, not just to members of Congress,” stated a network host.
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott