The New America

Fumbled into yesterday’s news was this little gem: The White House is running propaganda on the Health and Human Services Web site.

The issue was first brought forward by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). It’s covered in the Roll Call:

In a letter sent to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday, Grassley warned that “any possible misuse of appropriated funds by the executive branch to engage in publicity or propaganda in support of an Administration priority is a matter that must be investigated and taken seriously,” noting that in 2005 Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) argued that “the use of official funds for similar activities were ‘underhanded tactics’ and that these tactics ‘are not worthy of our great democracy.’”

A button to “State your Support” of the President’s health care push is found in the right column of the HHS Web site’s main page. You’ll see it again on the Health Reform page created by that agency. Look to the bottom of the page and you’ll see this:

This is an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Click the button to “State your support for health reform this year” and you’ll find a form that allows you to laud the President. No dissent allowed.

Dear Mr. President,

We strongly support your commitment to comprehensive health reform.

This is not a luxury. The continuing, sharp escalation of health care costs for families, businesses, and government is unsustainable. Reform is imperative.

The bottom of that page sports the same comment of ownership:

This is an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The New America only allows an opinion that supports the President.

Do you think maybe history has seen that kind of leadership behavior before?

Comments

  1. No, I haven’t seen this kind of leadership behavior before nor do I want to continue seeing it. It’s about BO and campaigning 24/7/365.

    After saying that Fox News isn’t a news organization but an opinion organization Obama met with the likes of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, among other leftist opinion persons, for 2 ½ hours. Probably to give them a pep talk to keep them in the bag for him and his agenda and fighting against the evil Fox. No left wing bias here. No wonder he doesn’t have time to meet with generals or other things.

  2. Fox News is an opinion organization. So is MSNBC, so is CNN.

    I had Fox on for 5 minutes last night and the bottom ticker was repeating Obama’s approval ratings over and over again while the pundits bitched about the President’s contempt for the network and then they gave a balloon boy update.

    Hey go ahead and enjoy it if you like. They do a great job of reaching out to their people no doubt. But saying that Fox is somehow more of a news organization than the likes of MSNBC or CNN is a stretch to put it nicely.

    Bottom line, this kind of stuff is a bit above reading the tabloids in term of “news”.

  3. I’d sort of agree, but I’d say they are all about even. All three are about 50% news and 50% opinion. It depends on when you tune in as to what you see.

    Sorry, J. Strupp, but Obama’s sinking approval ratings are, in fact, news. It was probably running under a show that was opinion, though. The balloon boy thing is just rubbish, I don’t care who is reporting it.

  4. J. Strupp says:

    I agree (although I would say month to month approval ratings are not big news). My point was not that Obama’s approval ratings were at the bottom of the screen. It’s news. My point was that his approval ratings were the ONLY thing running on the ticker at the time as if nothing of any consequence went on yesterday that even remotely compared to a poll that comes out monthly.