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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
WND Just Can't Stop Misinforming Readers About Anita Dunn
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily has been misinforming readers about Anita Dunn for years. The latest attempt came from Bob Unruh in a May 6 article:

The Mao-admiring adviser to Barack Obama, Anita Dunn, is returning to power in the West Wing, just as a looming election is expected to return the GOP to the majority in the U.S. House and unleash investigations into Joe Biden.

The Gateway Pundit labeled her a "Mao Tsa Tung lover" after the White House this week confirmed Dunn "will return as a senior adviser."

It was CNN that suggested she might be returning to help Biden "with the onslaught of investigations the GOP has promised to launch if they win back the House."

The report explained Dunn "is a radical leftist who previously praised mass murderer Mao Tse Tung as one of her 'favorite political philosophers.'"

Accounts blame him for the murders of anywhere from 45 million to 70 million Chinese during last century, which would make him the worst mass murderer in world history.

She previously had advised Biden and served for a time as the Obama White House communications chief until a video of her praising Mao surfaced.


She explained her feelings during a speech to graduating high schoolers in 2009.

"In 1947, when Mao Zedong was being challenged within his own party on his plan to basically take China over … the nationalist Chinese held the cities, they had the army, they had the air force, they had everything on their side," Dunn told the audience. "And people said how could you win? How could you do this?

"And Mao Zedong said, 'You fight your war and I'll fight mine,'" Dunn said. "Think about that for a second. You don’t have to accept the definition of how to do things, and you don’t have to follow other people’s choices and paths. You fight your own war, you lay out your own path."

She was the White House communications chief for Obama when she was recorded praising the communist dictator and killer.

The fact that Unruh is citing Gateway Pundit -- which is even less credible than WND and is currently being sued by two Georgia election workers for spreading lies about them -- does not bode for his own credibility right off the bat. It gets worse because Unruh's simply regurgitating an old, discredited attack. As we repeatedly pointed out whenever WND peddled this story, Dunn's words are being taken out of context; Dunn also referenced Mother Teresa in that speech as one of her "favorite philosophers" to make a point, telling a story akin to the Mao example about she told a young person who wanted to work at her orphanage to “go find your own Calcutta.” Dunn then reiterated: “Go find your own Calcutta. Fight your own path. Go find the thing that is unique to you, the challenge that is actually yours, not somebody else's challenge.”

Even worse: Unruh linked to a 2020 Daily Caller article WND published that mention some of this (while still pulling the Mao comment), and even noted that Dunn said she borrowed the Mao example from prominent Republican strategist  Lee Atwater. But Unruh put none of that in his article.

This is lazy, dishonest reporting from Unruh. He's not building credibility for his employer, which it desperately needs.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:42 PM EDT

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