The Obama team hit back hard on what it considered lies and disinformation during the presidential campaign, going toe to toe on the Internet with its foes, including by creating its own "Fight the Smears" website.
Now that he's in the White House, the Obama media operation is doing the same to protect his healthcare push.
When a conservative blogger's claim -- backed up by video clips from the campaign trail -- that Obama planned to do away with private health insurance was given wide exposure on the popular Drudge Report website, the White House responded today with a video of its own.
"Hi. Iím Linda Douglass. Iím the communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, and one of my jobs is to keep track of all the disinformation thatís out there about health-insurance reform. And there are a lot of very deceiving headlines out there right now, such as this one -- take a look at this one. This one says, ĎUncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will Eliminate Private Insurance.í Well, nothing can be farther from the truth,Ē the video says.
Douglass goes on to rebut the claim, showing clips and arguing that Obama's remarks were taken completely out of context.
On its blog, the White House also urged supporters to keep an eye out for misleading healthcare fodder. "Since we canít keep track of all of them here at the White House, weíre 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 firstname.lastname@example.org."
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