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Send Your Fishy Links To The White House

The Obama administration’s health care czar, Macon Phillips, has put up a blog post on the White House blog entitled “Facts Are Stubborn Things”. He warns readers that there are a lot of “scary chain emails” and videos that “percolate” through the ether, but he has the “truth” which may be a little “inconvenient” to those opposing “health insurance reform” (the reconstructed “reform” after it became apparent “health care reform” was going nowhere).

In this video, Linda Douglass, the communications director for the White House’s Health Reform Office, addresses one example that makes it look like the President intends to “eliminate” private coverage, when the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

The video essentially tries to tar the opposition with a broad brush, implying anyone who opposes “health insurance reform” is dealing in bad faith and broadcasting disinformation. Watch it for a lesson in pure propaganda.

After the video Phillips says:

For the record, the President has consistently said that if you like your insurance plan, your doctor, or both, you will be able to keep them. He has even proposed eight consumer protections relating specifically to the health insurance industry.

Here’s a dirty little truth which may be inconvenient to the “truth” Dr. Phillips is peddling – it doesn’t matter what the President has “consistently said”, he’s not writing the legislation. And the legislation in question doesn’t support what the President has “consistently said”. So the claim by Phillips is a red herring. Unless the President continues to say that and promises to veto any legislation that doesn’t support what he’s said, what he is saying is meaningless.

Phillips ends his post with:

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.

I wonder if I ought to send him a link to his own fishy blog post?

~McQ

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26 Responses to Send Your Fishy Links To The White House

  • “Just below the surface” my eye!  Another big FAIL for the “internet savvy” Obama administration.
    Every point Goebbels Phillips mentions is a mainstream objection to this Leviathan in Utopian clothing.
    But please, keep insulting the intelligence of the electorate.  If it’s one thing an American loves, it’s being treated like an idiot.

  • (“Goebbels” was supposed to be crossed out.)

  • I wonder if I ought to send him a link to his own fishy blog post?

    You might as well.  I already did.

  • Flood it.  Every lie that the administration tells, send it right back to flag@whitehouse.gov.  Fill it with thier own nonsense and make it useless.

    • Oh, we ALL totally should! I know I’m not going to denounce anybody to earn myself a pat on the head from Big Brother.

    • Here’s what I wrote:
      To: flag@whitehouse.gov
      Subject: Fishy healthcare rumors

      Hi, I heard you wanted us to send you links to sites that were spreading untrue rumors about the new healthcare proposals. Here’s one where I’ve found several false rumors being spread:
      http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/health_care/

      Now that I’ve denounced this thoughtcrime to the Ministry of Truth, will I get a pat on the head from Big Brother? If I denounce nine more sites, do I get a patch to wear proudly on my coveralls?

      Yours in AmSoc,
      Comrade Sarah

      P.S. Frickin’ READ THE BILLS. Start with the Bill of Rights.

  • Is it just me, or does the White House call for citizens to report “fishy” e-mails and websites not smack of the police state?

    But if the White House really wants to squash all these nasty, untrue, made-up, vicious, slanderous rumors they seem sooooo concerned about, may I suggest a simple solution?

    Post the f*cking bill on the web along with an FAQ directing people to the relevant sections of the bill so they can see what it actually says about such things as keeping one’s coverage or buying supplemental coverage or the “public option”.  Oh, and perhaps cajol that group of deadbeats and wardheelers we call (to our shame) the Congress to actually read the damned thing themselves and answer their constituents’ questions in a civil, straightforward, and (dare I say it?) HONEST manner.  As we’ve seen on this blog, other organizations OPPOSED to this “reform” have managed to do so in a manner most destructive to its chances of passage.  One would think that the White House could do the same and demonstrate clearly and even easily why we should all be rushing to hand our health care over to Uncle Sugar.  That all they can do is demagogue and accuse their opponents of being in the pay of Big Insurance and Rush Limbaugh speaks volumes about how weak their position – and how pernicious and destructive the bill – actually is.

  • Sounds like Germany in the 1930s

  • Fair warning, folks, but in my e-mail informing the WH of the fishy site, I also sarcasticly asked if they would like us to chip ourselves so that they could track our movements…  I’m afraid I may have given them ideas…

  • Linda Douglass is a lying shill. She goes on friendly media venues and, despite the questions put before her, mouths off the DNC talking point of the day, namely that “you will get to keep your own doctor and your own insurance,” despite the fact that that has been proven to be a baldfaced lie. Douglass used to go on Fox News, but she stopped when the anchors challenged her to answer the questions they asked rather than giving a soliloquy, which is what dimwitted liberals do when pinned down with actual facts instead of gushing love from their fellow libtards.

    BTW, I saw the videos tht Drudge merely linked to; someone else put them up on YouTube.

    In them, in two different speeches, The Clown™ says, without reservation, that his “health care reform” is just the first step in making the US have a single-payer system like Canada and the UK. No clips, no out of context. The Clown™ said it, despite what Douglass says.

  • Please tell me that this is all one big joke.  We go from the “Two Minute Hate” to the turn in your neighbor stuff in just a few weeks.  Will no one rid me of this pestilence.

  • Send an email describing the fishy info.  Attach a pdf of the bill to the email……

  • Dear White House,

    Iv come across a large archive of horrible lies with regards to healthcare, these horrible allegations are proof positive of a horrible plan to destroy healthcare.

    http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare/

    This nonsense must be stopped before out healthcare is a shadow of its former great self.

    Josh W baker

  • I reported my 85-year old Republican mother to flag@whitehouse.gov and asked them to “straighten her out”.  She said she was against euthanasia for the elderly in lieu of costly medical treatment. 

  • I will be sending them links to every lie that I see that the democrats tell.

  • I am cc’ing them in on every joke, porn or video I forward.
    Hope they like it.

  • I’ve already denounced myself.
    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE them to come after me.
    Do it!

  • Here’s the “fishy” link I sent: http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.1366

    I’d read a few articles on the history of Hungary under communism as preparation and an image in one of them remained with me. It was the description of a specific sort of person whom the total surveillance society suited to a tee: the old women who lurked in the hallways and staircases of apartments, watching every move their neighbors made so they could report ‘improper’ or suspicious behavior to the authorities. The women were bitter and vicious snoops with no joy or meaning in their own lives and, so, they hated the very possibility of purpose or happiness in others. They had no power based on merit; instead, the women grabbed onto the reflected power of the State and reveled in the fear they inspired in neighbors afraid of being reported. Even better…their addiction to petty power was clothed in self-righteousness. They were not nosey; they were purging society of the anti-social criminals and dissidents who would undermine public welfare. They were not gossips; they were valued agents of the state. They were not lonely discards; they were an essential part of a larger system that validated their existence. Hateful, hate-filled women who dominated the hallways of Budapest.
    That’s what this reminds me of . . . BRB ACORN.

  • I think the ones that are giving us all the FISHY information on health care are Nancy Pelosie,Harry Reid, Waxman,Dick Durban,Arlen Specter,Kathyleen Sebelious,Barack Obama,Joe Bidden just to name a few.

  • I sent on into the White House but reading these responses, I was waaaay to nice and polite. Here’s what I sent the loony toons in Washington:

    How in the world can the United States Government ask citizens to rat out their fellow citizens? The idea is just absurd! What will the White House do with these “liars”? Audit them? Make them simply disapear? You claimed that you don’t keep a list of these “fringe groups” who disagree with your health care ideas and who speak their mind. People know that the White House actually does have to keep records of the information that is sent in, to ensure that they don’t try to change history.

    The poll numbers clearly state that Americans do not want this massive government overhaul of their health insurance! Universal Health care simply doesn’t work. Take a look at Canada. There are not enough doctors and health care providers to care for all of the people that would be added to the system. Something obviously needs to be done, but not this. The fact that the President of the United States of America called Americans “fake” and said that their anger was manufactured is a disgrace. The people who object to health care aren’t robots controlled by the Republican Party just because they disagree with you. Surprisingly, most Americans can actually think for themselves!

    I have respect for the government and I have a great respect for President Barack Obama, but please, listen to the people. I honestly hope that President Obama is able to fix the economy. Do what’s best for us. This is not what we want. Please don’t encourage people to forward e-mails from their friends to the White House. This is America, not Russia.

  • Here’s how to automatically send a growing daily stream of junk email to flag@whitehouse.gov:
     
    1. Set up a gmail account (mail.google.com) just for this purpose.
     
    2. Sign up for a bunch of free, email-generating web services (eg. Google Alerts) using the gmail account.
     
    3. Adjust your gmail settings: under “Settings->Forwarding and POP/IMAP”, select “Forward a copy of incoming mail to”, then fill in flag@whitehouse.gov
     
    4. Tell your friends how they too can fight against intimidation and abuse of power.
     
    It’s time to hit back, ten times as hard. Every day.