They must be getting desperate.
Why else would the White House post the following blurb at whitehouse.gov:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emails. And casual conversations. And stuff on the web. That are “fishy.” Should be flagged. And emailed to the White House. So they can keep track of them. And combat “disinformation.”
Since when, and based on what precedent, does a sitting President ask American citizens to report on their fellow citizens in regards to political speech? Has the White House staff lost their senses? Is the Teleprompter drunk?
The audacity of the request is eclipsed only by its foolishness. Trying to control information – or disinformation – on the web is like trying to herd a million cats. You can’t do it.
And if you’re the White House, you shouldn’t be trying.
I guess this “flag the fishy” idea was dreamt up by the same geniuses who thought it was wise to call concerned Townhall attendees an “angry mob” spouting “manufactured information” when they dared to show up and ask tough questions about health care reform.
People like the woman who asked her congressman, “How can you manage health care when you can’t manage Cash for Clunkers?”
Or the elderly woman who asked her congressman if HE was going to be on the new health care plan.
Yeah, these people are just totally unhinged.
Our elected officials must find it SO annoying to have to deal with these pesky citizens and their annoying questions.
(Iowahawk embellishes with his usual brilliance.)