Glenn Beck, in an attempt to take down White House communications director, Anita Dunn, who has been critical of Fox News recently, has resorted to cropping quotes from Dunn… Below are quotes from Beck and the original, unedited, quote from Dunn.
BECK’S EDITED CLIP: “Two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa — not often coupled with each together, but the two people that I turn to most.”
BECK: OK, “not often coupled with one another” — laughter — “but the two people I turn to most.”
BECK: I don’t think Mao should be anybody’s favorite anything, especially not your favorite political philosopher or one that you turn to most
Now the full quote, which shows quite a different message when it’s not cropped…
DUNN’S FULL QUOTE: “And then the third lesson and tip actually come from two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa — not often coupled with each together, 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: These are your choices. They are no one else’s.” [emphasis added].
Dunn later stated that “the phrase ‘favorite political philosophers’ was intended as irony.” Regardless, the message that Dunn was giving to a graduating high school class was clear. “These are your choices. They are no one else’s.”
Food for thought: Did Glenn Beck go after George W. Bush for recommending that Karl Rove read a Mao biography?