White House aide says Barack Obama team 'controlled' the media

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Anita Dunn, a senior White House aide, has boasted of how Barack Obama's presidential campaign managed to "absolutely control" the press during the 2008 election.

The top campaign strategist who has shot to attention recently as President Obama's main attack dog against Fox News, the conservative-leaning cable network, was speaking at a conference in the Dominican Republic in January.

"Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control," she said.

Karl Rove, former President George W. Bush's former chief political strategist said on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House was dominated by "Chicago-style politics" and that Mr Obama was afraid of tough questions.

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