November 10th, 2009
12:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Dunn leaving White House

Washington (CNN) - White House Communication Director Anita Dunn – who recently drew headlines for her criticism of Fox News – will be leaving her post at the end of November, administration officials confirmed Tuesday.

Dunn, who took the post on a temporary basis, had originally been slated to leave the job at the end of the summer, but stayed on at President Obama's request. She will be replaced by Deputy White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, and retain a consulting role.

After months spent largely behind the scenes, Dunn burst into public view when she charged that Fox News was acting as an arm of the Republican Party. She later drew controversy after Fox host Glenn Beck broadcast footage of a comment in which she appeared to speak favorably about former communist Chinese leader Mao Tse-Tung. Watch: Dunn goes on the offensive vs Fox.

Pfeiffer, who headed the Obama communication shop during the 2008 presidential campaign, is a Democratic political veteran who has also worked for former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Sen. Evan Bayh as well as Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.


Dunn, a seasoned political operative, assumed the role earlier this year when then-Communications Director Ellen Moran left the post for a role at the Commerce Department.


Filed under: President Obama
soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Sergio

    Out of 300 million people, the current president and his czars are the best the US can come up with? Are you guys for real? ... No wonder the world makes fun of the U.S. anymore... :-(

    November 10, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Collin

    Bet Beck's gonna take credit for this one too!

    November 10, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. jason

    well isn't fox an arm for the GOP? how is that criticism? Shouldn't that be a compliment?

    November 10, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    Why is she leaving? She should have been right at home with the radical Obama and all his radical buddies. Maybe she got a better offer from Chavez or Castro. Oh well, maybe Pfeiffer will actually call Beck and talk about all the video clips he shows of Obama and his advisors and czars praising socialist and marxist values. I like the one where Bloom, Obama's manufacturing czar says the free market system is a joke and that capitialism has to be torn down and replaced. Can't wait to see what that guy does for manufacturing and jobs.

    November 10, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. TCM

    Dunn's a traitor to the American way. She's saturated with liberalism to the point where she'd throw the citizens of this country under the bus to achieve a socialist agenda...she should go, along with the Obama and the rest of the liberal goof balls.

    November 10, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. geecee

    Glad she spoke up as well as she did. I hope her replacement is just as good. The whack jobs at Fox need to be called out for their utter distortion of truth, their lack of fairness, guilt by association, psychotic actors like Glenn Blech who makes such a jerk of himself on each and every one of his programs, with his stupid chalkboard. A total bunch of losers and Fox wonders why the President won't appear on that "news" channel? They aren't worthy of having him. They lie, smear his name whenever they get a chance, (like every single day), they are hateful and are inciting the low-intelligence members of society who listen to them "religiously" to hate our President on a regular basis. Someone should pull their broadcasting license, or sue them for slander and libel every opportunity. Bunch of liars and incompetent fools that they are.

    November 10, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Enough

    Funny how FOX was the only network to catch the Mao Tse Tung comment. And you wonder why their #1.......the only station with COMPLETE news coverage!

    November 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. leavinhome

    Take your marbles and leave the playground. You won't be missed. As for the Fox News comment, it is becoming inherently clear to Americans that freedom of speech means " only politically correct speech, that is".

    November 10, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. realUSA

    democrats alias Socialist party,spending welfare side with criminal crook lier and illegal to get voting fraud

    November 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Dan/Granger, IN

    So sorry to see (another) Marxist radical leave the white house. What a shock! Great job Glenn Beck and Fox News! Reporting the truth, and ridding one more Mao-ist from this socialistic-agenda administration.

    This is exactly why Fox is on top and all others follow.

    November 10, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Joe, Chicago IL

    Isn't she the one that set up the 'hotline' for people to call the WH and tattle on their neighbors for disagreeing with the President?

    She has already done her damage.

    Since when is a Deputy Director the permanent replacement for the Director? Sounds like the WH is getting a little unconfortable and needed to chance the face...

    November 10, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Rick in OP

    Good riddance!
    Hopefully her replacement will not be an admirer of Mao Tse Tung.

    November 10, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. jack in denver

    Hopefully her replacement will not be as soft spoken and call FOX news and it supporters what they really are!!!!

    November 10, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. JLS

    What most people don't realize that her husband is Obama's personal lwayer and has been for many years....

    November 10, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. AJ

    Who really cares? All media except NPR id so biased one way or the other that it is sickening. Yes, FOX is very right-wing. All the other media is very left wing. Who can you trust? Not a blessed soul involved in politics.

    November 10, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. Dave

    The Mao based philosophy and media manipulation czar is leaving. The other 30 something of the same make and creed remain!

    November 10, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Dee

    She was only going to be there temporarily. She knew that and is fine with the move.

    She was absolutely right with what she said about Fox.

    Bill O'Reilly said the same thing on the tapes with Andrea Makris. She said that Cheney/Bush were instructing their friend and ally Roger Ailes on what to talk about each night. Roger Ailes is not going to change Fox News from being a Republican mouthpiece. Everyone knows this.

    November 10, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. cjl

    THANK GOODNESS! She's a liberal fringe lunatic who believes in censorship and regulation of free speech. Get her out of there.

    November 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. howie

    Great job Beck, now see if you can get another dozen to leave!!

    November 10, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Hudson

    I would have thought that the free market system has already been proven dificient by GM, almost all banks, not to mention Bush, Cheney and friends. Most of us see this as a fact, but some people like Glenn Beck refuse to see reason, and incite the less inteligent masses to these ends. People need to wake up and see what's in front of them, not just listen to these types of fools.

    November 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Scooter Libby

    All these labels. You can disagree without being disagreeable. This is not the first administration to have controversial people, and neither will this be the last. At least no one in the administration has gone to jail yet.

    November 10, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    She is staying on as a Consultant . . . does that mean she has Czar status now?

    November 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. Ndubueze Chuku

    Farewell Anita Dunn. Thank you for your services to your nation. We are glad that you will remain on a consulting role. You said the truth about FOX 'FIX' NEWS. Like we all know, the truth is bitter.

    November 10, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. Kelly

    Funny, even regulary GOP supported spin the truth to their advantage. You Americans are all so stupid and narrow minded.

    November 10, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. Stephen

    Marxists... lol... you people make me laugh. You need people like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh to do your thinking for you (neither one have a college degree btw).

    Please stay in the Republican Party! You make the Democrats look good!

    Lol... Marxists.

    November 10, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
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