White House asks citizens to tell them about people who are critical of the President's health care changes?

ABC News has this.

A Republican senator is calling for the White House to suspend a new project that asks members of the public to flag “fishy” claims about President Obama’s health care plans, arguing that it raises privacy concerns and will serve to chill free speech.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is sending a letter to the White House today asking the president to “cease this program immediately” -- or to explain how Americans’ privacy will be protected if e-mails are forwarded to the White House as requested.

“I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests,” Cornyn writes

“I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House. I suspect that you would have been leading the charge in condemning such a program -- and I would have been at your side denouncing such heavy-handed government action.”

Yesterday, White House director of new media Macon Phillips wrote a blog posting urging readers to flag questionable claims about health care proposals.

“There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.” . . . .

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Blogger Angie said...

I reported www.whitehouse.gov, because they're spreading massive amounts of misinformation.

Another blogger has started operation "Go Flag Yourself!"

8/05/2009 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah . . . at least Richard Nixon, when he created his "enemies list", had the decency to use in-house operatives.

But here we have a guy who advertised himself as "above partisanship" so clutched about the fact that he's facing opposition that he's asking citizen to spy on citizen!

Go figure . . .


8/05/2009 8:52 PM  
Blogger bdickens said...

"If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov?"

Why? So the Obamessiah can send some of his Chicago goons after tham?

8/06/2009 8:04 AM  
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8/06/2009 8:52 AM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

Angela has the right of it.

Simply report those who are in favor of the mess.

8/07/2009 12:59 PM  

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