We already have the tax payer funded social media czar, Jesse Lee, who trolls Facebook and Twitter on the regular to confront people about "false statements" made about President Obama.
The Obama administration has created and staffed a new position tucked inside their communications shop for helping coordinate rapid response to unfavorable stories and fostering and improving relations with the progressive online community.
“This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response,” read an internal memo from Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, provided to The Huffington Post. “For the last two years, Jesse has often worn two hats working in new media and serving as the White House’s liaison with the progressive media and online community. Starting this week, Jesse will take on the second role full time working on outreach, strategy and response.”
The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has been the purview of the Democratic National Committee (and will continue to be). Lee’s hire, however, suggests that a portion of it will now be handled from within the administration. It also signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive engagement in the online world in the months ahead.
Now, the Obama campaign has launched a new website, Attackwatch.com, to "get the facts, fight smears," about President Obama. The new site is even decked out in scary, "we're going to get you," red and black colors and black and white photos.
You can even sign up for the "attack wire," to get the latest news on who is unfairly and "falsley" attacking Obama.
Note to the Obama campaign: Just because people disagree with Obama (which is now most Americans), doesn't make their statements false.
Misfit politics has put together a video about the site: (H/T Kate Hicks)
Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.