That’s the question after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News reported last night that Sandra Fluke is being represented on the public relations front by SKDKnickerbocker, where former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn is a managing director.
Fluke is the Georgetown Law School student and “reproductive rights” activist who was insulted by Rush Limbaugh for her advocacy of forcing Catholic institutions like Georgetown to provide free birth control.
Dunn is one of the most well-connected Democratic PR operatives in Washington and is close not only to the president but to his senior staff and various power players on Capitol Hill.
The link between Fluke and Dunn suggests at least the possibility that Fluke is being choreographed in consultation with the White House and/or with other senior Democratic officials in Washington.
Fluke has made several deft moves in recent weeks that suggest schooling by PR professionals.
After being been denied the right to testify at a House hearing, she showed up anyway and then complained to the media about it. She was granted a mock hearing by Democratic leaders to protest her exclusion from the House hearing. And she refused to accept Limbaugh’s apology, ensuring that the issue would not be put to rest.
The controversy over Fluke has achieved an important White House objective – to shift the debate away from the principle of whether employers can be forced to provide services they find morally objectionable and focus it instead on women’s health, allowing Democrats to portray Republicans as intent on denying coverage for birth control.
Here’s O’Reilly’s report last night.
H/T to The Daily Caller.