CNSNews Questions White House Official's Praise for Mao

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White House Communications Director Anita Dunn told high school students in May 2009 that one of her favorite political philosophers was Mao Tse Tung, the Communist dictator responsible for the death of millions of people, and she explained why his philosophy was important for achieving personal and political goals.

When questioned last week after a video of her speech surfaced, however, Dunn said she was using “irony” in reference to Mao. A leading expert on China told that Dunn’s remarks were “pathetic,” given the human rights atrocities committed under Mao’s reign.

As first shown on Fox News Channel’s “Glenn Beck” show on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the video Dunn told graduating high school students that Mao and Mother Teresa, the Catholic nun known for aiding the poor, were examples of people who did not give up, and did their own thing to make a difference in the world.

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Jeremy Alan Perron - 11/10/2009

Sorry, but what was the joke exactly? I read that the White House stated that the context was off but did not say what the context was.

Jonathan Dresner - 11/8/2009

She was kidding, you humorless drone.

Jeremy Alan Perron - 11/8/2009

Maybe but White House officals should not be giving praise to Mao.

Jonathan Dresner - 10/21/2009

The "leading expert" they cite is someone whose anti-communist perspective constitutes a pathological bias, and the article then cites his Black Book of Communism -- which uses absurd mathematical and ahistorical tricks to inflate the death tolls of Soviet and Chinese society, downplay Nazi atrocities and implicitly ignores non-Communist political violence -- as if it were a separate source, rather than essentially the same thing.

It would be interesting to get some actual Chinese scholars to comment, but that wouldn't have fit the bias of the article.