What’s behind resignation of Obama’s communications director?
Lots of rumors appeared in the media after Anita Dunn resigned, with some suggesting it had something to do with her war of words with Fox News.
“In Washington it’s always hard to say, because they always give a plausible excuse why someone is leaving,” said Ivan Eland, a senior fellow at Independent Institute. She took the position “as an interim position… I think going after Fox [News] is not going to alarm the president’s base because it’s the opposite viewpoint.”
Last month Obama’s communications chief made headlines, saying that Fox News “often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."
That, according to Eland, “is not true.”
“They certainly support the Republican Party a lot,” but sometimes they go against it, “like in the recent congressional election in New York.”
“I think these criticisms are not going to affect President Obama’s base and I don’t think most Americans pay attention to that type of thing,” he added.
The expert said he doesn’t believe “there’s any sort of scandal.” Dunn, he added, “didn’t really want to take the job at the first place.”