White House Looking for Snitches

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Posted: Aug 04, 2009 2:43 PM
Quoted from the White House blog:

Scary chain emails and videos are starting to percolate on the internet, breathlessly claiming, for example, to "uncover" the truth about the President’s health insurance reform positions...

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. ...  

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.

There are so many things wrong with this simple White House blog post.  First of all, just because the president says something, does not make it so.  You'll have to forgive us for (gasp!) questioning Obama policy.

Second, I hope I'm not the only one who is uncomfortable with the White House asking people to report instances of what the administration deems "disinformation," or to "flag" dissension and people who challenge the administration's assumptions about what its plan for a government-run health care system would look like. 

Perhaps we should all go and "flag" the videos of Obama himself talking about how much he wants a single-payer system.  Disinformation from his own mouth.  Should we "flag" links to reports from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that say this plan's cost is beyond astronomical? So much "disinformation" coming from those awful nonpartisan budget analysts! 

Give me a break, Obama.  People don't like snitches, but no one likes a liar.