The feud between the White House and the Fox News Channel took another, thanks to one of Glenn Beck's viewers.
On Beck's Oct. 15 program, the Fox News host played a video sent to him of White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, who had previously slammed Fox News and called it an organ of the Republican Party. In the video, Dunn reveals her two favorite political philosophers - humanitarian Mother Teresa and Mao Tse Tung, Chinese revolutionary and Communist leader responsible for an estimated 70 million deaths (video embedded below the fold).
"A lot of you have a great deal of ability," Dunn said. "A lot of you work hard. Put them together and that answers the ‘why not' question. There's usually not a good reason and then the third lesson and tip actually comes from two of my favorite political philosophers - Mao Tse Tung and Mother Teresa, not often coupled with each other but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is you're going to make choices. You're going to challenge. You're going to say why not. You're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before, but here's the deal."
Dunn elaborated on her reverence for Mao, suggesting that he overcame odds to defeat Chiang Kai-Shek and the nationalist Chinese.
"These are your choices. They are no one else's. In 1947, when Mao Tse Tung was being challenged within his own party on his plan to basically take China over, Chiang Kai-Shek and the nationalist Chinese held the cities, they had the army. They had the air force. They had everything on their side, and people said how can you win? How can you do this? How can you do this? Against all the odds against you, and Mao Tse Tung said, you know, you fight your war, and I'll fight mine, and think about that for a second."
That video prompted Beck to respond by asking how Mao could be her "favorite anything."
"The reason why this phone hasn't run all week is because the most important political philosopher for her is Mao Tse Tung, oh and Mother Teresa," Beck said. The guy responsible for more death than any other 20th century leader is her favorite philosopher? How can that man be your favorite anything?
Beck reiterated the pointed Mao was responsible for the lives of 70 million people.
"He killed 70 million people! That would be like me saying to you, ‘Oh, you know who my favorite political philosopher is? Adolf Hitler. Have you read Mein Kampf?' It is insanity! This is her hero's work - 70 Million dead! She thinks of this man's work all the time."