- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 20, 2010

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White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer shares the same views about Fox News and why it should be treated differently than other “traditional” TV news networks as Anita Dunn, the former director, who stoked tensions between the administration and the news channel during her tenure.

Before leaving the White House to return to consulting, Ms. Dunn told CNN’s “Reliable Sources” anchor Howard Kurtz in an interview that when President Obama “goes on Fox, he understands he is not going on it as a news network at this point.” She also has called Fox News a “wing of the Republican Party.”

Although she is no longer working for the White House, her views remain ingrained with the communications team.

Mr. Pfeiffer told the New York Times in a video interview that Fox News “is not a traditional news organization” because “they have a point of view; that point of view pervades the entire network.”

Because of this, Mr. Pfeiffer said, “We don’t feel the obligation to treat them like we would treat a CNN, or an ABC, or an NBC, or a traditional news organization.” Mr. Pfeiffer, former White House deputy communications director, assumed Ms. Dunn’s role in December.

Obama musical

A musical about President Obama that features a gospel theme song titled “Yes We Can” is thrilling audiences in Germany.

The uplifting play, “Hope: The Obama Musical Story,” concentrates on Mr. Obama’s personal motivations rather than his politics. Promotional material from its Web site says Mr. Obama is portrayed as “an emotional person who fights for a new, more forgiving and peaceful world and better future.”

Although it’s being shown in Germany, the play’s dialogue and songs are a mix of English and German that can be easily understood by both audiences. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin also has a part. Her character sings the song “Ich bin ein Pitbull,” or “I Am Pitbull.”

More time

Citing changes in the way the government will calculate jobs “created or saved” by the $787 billion stimulus bill, officials announced the deadline for stimulus recipients to report spending has been extended by one week.

The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orzsag, announced in a December memo that the government would only count jobs funded by the stimulus bill, rather than trying to keep track of jobs “created or saved” as promised by President Obama.

As a result of these changes, those who received money are getting more time to complete required reports to the government. The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board has extended the deadline from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22.

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