8-14-9 Obama News- flag@whitehouse.gov web report- #obama #news

8-14-9 Obama News-  White House
encourages U.S. citizens to “snitch” on each
other – #obama
#news

Editorial Rerport by Valia Judy

White House encourages U.S. citizens to “snitch” on each other



The White House has created the
email address

flag@whitehouse.gov

for the purpose of
encouraging “snitching” on anyone who

spreads disinformation about healthcare
reform. The creation of this

email address has caused an uproar amongst
Republicans,

Independents, and people who enjoy the right of freedom of speech.







This is a statement taken directly
from 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


flag@whitehouse.gov
.



Wait a minute, read this sentence
again closely:

“These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain
emails or through casual conversation




Is the White House suggesting that
if I hear Joe the Plumber talking with his friends over

coffee about how health
care reform eliminates our right to choose our own health care,

that I should
report him to


flag@whitehouse.gov

simply for speaking his personal opinion


on an issue? This sounds like a
violation of our right to free speech to me,


which is preserved in the U.S.
Constitution in Amendment 1:




Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting

the free exercise
thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;

or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a
redress of grievances.





I also find Linda Douglass's choice
of the word “disinformation” interesting.

If you look up the definition of
“disinformation” on Wikipedia,

you will find that it is not just spreading false
information,

but it is “false or inaccurate information that is spread
deliberately.

It is synonymous with and sometimes called Black propaganda.

It may include the distribution of forged documents, manuscripts, and
photographs,

or spreading malicious rumors and fabricated intelligence.


Disinformation should not be confused with misinformation, information that is
unintentionally false
”

Linda used a poor example of disinformation by using that Drudge Report
headline,

as the word eliminate was in quotations in the article, meaning that
the article does not state

Obama eliminating private insurance as a fact, but
that it might or might not be true.

The quotes around the word eliminate could
also imply sarcasm, depending on how you interpret it.

So the White House not only accuses its own citizens of spreading
disinformation,

but it uses a news headline (just the headline, not even the
news article itself) with quotations

Let’s get the facts straight: The Healthcare bill itself is over 1000 pages, and
Democrat Arlen

Specter admits he hasn’t even read the bill himself. Spekter says
that congress “

divides up the bills” and that they have to pass legislation
“very fast.” So the White House

can tell us to report each other for spreading
disinformation, while at the same time

they not fully read the bill to even know
what information is in it! How, then, can they claim what is

and isn't
disinformation if they don't even know the facts contained in the bill they're
trying to pass?



Sources:



1.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/facts-are-stubborn-things/



2.

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html

3.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disinformation

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