The White House Is Not Going To Be Passive!

The White House Will Push Back!

Anita Dunn: Fox News Is "Research Arm of the Republican Party"

In an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources," White House Communications Director Anita Dunn elaborates on comments she made in an interview in Time magazine, in which she commented that Fox News is "opinion journalism masquerading as news."

"The reality of it is, fox news often operates as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party," she told Howard Kurtz.

Dunn added that Obama, who snubbed "Fox News Sunday" in making the rounds with four broadcast networks and Univision to push his health care reform plan, will appear on Fox again in the near future, because "he engages with ideological opponents," but she declined to disclose a date.

She also points out how the conservative commentators, who were "rejoicing" and "celebrating" the United States losing out on the 2016 Olympics in Chicago despite Obama's pleas, are 'somewhat bitter" in the fact that an American President, Obama, won the Nobel Peace Laureate.

In addition, Dunn also criticized the mainstream media over inaccuracies being reported, including the "death panel" claim in Obama's health care reform plan.

 Personal Between Fox and Dunn

Glenn Beck is taking Ms. Dunn on personally.

Anita Dunn:

White House communications director Anita Dunn

Glenn Beck:

Glenn Beck an American talk radio and television host. Glenn Beck Show is on the Fox News Channel.

He has become a popular public figure, whose controversial views have afforded him widespread success along with considerable controversy.

Beck has referred to himself as an entertainer, a commentator rather than a reporter, a rodeo clown." Time Magazine describes Beck as  the new populist superstar of Fox News" saying it is easier to see a set of attitudes rather than a specific ideology, noting his criticism of Wall Street, yet defending bonuses to AIG, as well as denouncing conspiracies against FEMA but warning against indoctrination of children by the AmeriCorps program. What seems to unite Beck's disparate themes they note, is a sense of siege. Time further describes Beck as "a gifted storyteller with a knack for stitching seemingly unrelated data points into possible conspiracies", proclaiming that he has "emerged as a virtuoso on the strings" of Conservative's discontent.

Perhaps we get a tiny bit of new insight into America's political divide. Perhaps the standoff is less about left and right, socialists versus libertarians, and more about ironic speech versus direct speech.

The Oxford English Dictionary says that irony is “a figure of speech in which the unintended meaning is the opposite of that expressed by the words used.”

The Yale and Harvard educated denizens of the White House surely are as familiar with irony as Seinfeld is, using it as a way to signal “I get it” without being too earnest. Fox viewers seem more interested in getting the straight dope, without the varnish.

This argument only goes back a few thousand years. Socrates, for one, saw the value of irony to gain greater insight into the truth. Yet irony, as the political scientist Jane Bennett has argued, can threaten politics by diluting moral indignation.

Types of irony

Modern theories of rhetoric distinguish between verbal, dramatic and situational irony.

Verbal irony is a disparity of expression and intention: when a speaker says one thing but means another, or when a literal meaning is contrary to its intended effect. An example of this is sarcasm.

Dramatic irony is a disparity of expression and awareness: when words and actions possess significance that the listener or audience understands, but the speaker or character does not.

Situational irony is the disparity of intention and result: when the result of an action is contrary to the desired or expected effect. Likewise, cosmic irony is disparity between human desires and the harsh realities of the outside world (or the whims of the gods). By some definitions, situational irony and cosmic irony are not irony at all.