Tuesday, August 4, 2009

White House Seeks Informants on Bloggers, Idle Talkers

This is already all over the place, but it's worth spreading far and wide. This kind of thing has no place in American government and should stop now. Posted on WhiteHouse.Gov today, my emphases:
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. . .

. . .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.

This can't be dismissed as an over-eager staffer at the White House posting something irresponsible - They've got an actual email address. I wonder if this makes sense of the president's peculiar call during the election for a "civilian national security force". Like I said, it should end now and heads should roll at the White House communications office.
UPDATE: See Senator Cornyn's Letter to the President Here.