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Fox News: 'We Wish Anita Dunn Well'

First Posted: 03/18/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 03:35 PM ET

Anita Dunn

A Fox News spokesperson says the network wishes outgoing White House Communications Director Anita Dunn well as she transitions out of the Obama administration.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Dunn would be leaving the White House and will be replaced by Dan Pfeiffer.

When asked for comment, a Fox News spokesperson said, "We wish Anita well in her future endeavors."

TIME magazine called Dunn "the general" in the administration's war against conservative media, and Dunn's appearance on CNN on October 11 — when she said that Fox News "operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party" — was the first step in the Obama administration's recent feud with the cable news network.

"At the White House, she has become a devoted consumer of conservative-media reports and a fierce critic of Fox News, leading the Administration's effort to block officials, including Obama, from appearing on the network," TIME magazine said of Dunn.

Glenn Beck called Dunn out on his program in October, leading some to wonder if he had set his sights on ousting her from the administration after successfully lobbying against Van Jones.

Dunn had always planned to serve as Communications Director for a short time. She joined the White House on an interim basis in April, and has since been planning to leave her post to spend more time with her 13-year-old son.

Update: "If someone at Fox News Channel wishes you well, watch your back," the AP's David Bauder wrote in 2006. "The seemingly benign sentiment is a creative signature of Fox's public relations, usually accompanied by a kneecapping. It's something like a kiss from a Mafia don."

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Filed by Danny Shea  |