White House: ObamaCare opponents lying by … using Obama’s own words

posted at 11:15 am on August 4, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The White House has decided to fight back against the release of a video by Naked Emperor News with some video warfare of its own to defend Barack Obama on his health-care reform plans.  Entitled “The Truth about Health Care Insurance Reform,” itself a change from what used to be called “health-care reform,” the video features former news reporter Linda Douglass accusing Obama’s opponents of scare tactics.  Politico’s Mike Allen reports that Douglass and the White House accuse NEN and others of “cherry picking” quotes to make Obama look as though he favors single-payer systems and wants to use the public plan as a Trojan horse to implement it:

“Hi. I’m Linda Douglass. I’m the communications director for the White House Office of Health Reform, and one of my jobs is to keep track of all the disinformation that’s 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, ‘Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will Eliminate PRIVATE Insurance.’

“Well, nothing can be farther from the truth. You know the people who always try to SCARE people whenever you try to bring them health-insurance reform are at it again. And they’re taking sentences and phrases out of context, and they’re cobbling them together to leave a VERY false impression. The truth is that the president has been talking to the American people a LOT about health-insurance reform and what is at stake for them.

“So what happens is that because he’s talking to the American people so much, there are people out there with a computer and a lot of free time, and they take a phrase here and there — they simply cherry-pick and put it together, and make it sound like he’s saying something that he didn’t really say.”

Douglass seems to have taken to her role as a propagandist rather well for someone who worked as a supposedly objective reporter for so long. How difficult is it to look through the first 64 seconds of the video Douglass attempts to rebut to find what Obama really had to say about single payer in 2003, while Obama prepared to run for the US Senate?

“I happen to be a proponent of single-payer, universal health care plans.”

Or perhaps this at 50 seconds, from 2007 while Obama was running for President:

“But I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out, or 15 years out, or 20 years out.”

What did Obama say here? He says that he wants to eliminate employer coverage over a transition period, and that he favors a single-payer system. If Obama has ever walked back either of those two statements made as a candidate for two national political offices, I’ve yet to hear it. Instead of explaining some sort of evolution in Obama’s thinking on these points, Douglass attempts to propagandize by claiming that people who saw these clips didn’t hear Obama say exactly what he did. It’s the equivalent of a Jedi mind trick, only it’s the weak-minded trying to conduct the trick.

I’ve received a lot of e-mail this morning about this article, with ire directed at Mike Allen for not making more clear the disconnect between Douglass’ attack and the clips of Obama supporting single-payer health-care systems. Earlier, I contacted Allen for his response to the criticism:

The article was a news account disclosing the White House’s video response to a video that had been posted on Breitbart.tv and linked on the Drudge Report. I transcribed the part of the Breitbart video referred to in Drudge’s headline a) for clarity — so readers could see what was being debated; and b) for balance, so that we wouldn’t just have the White House side of it. And we linked to both videos, so people can make up their own minds. We’ll continue to report this story as we learn of new developments.

I think it would have helped to get more of the NEN video transcribed and into the Politico piece. However, the focus of the story was the White House pushback, which was newsworthy in itself (and a feather in NEN’s cap, needless to say). Politico could have hosted both videos as well, but that wouldn’t have been Allen’s call, anyway. They did link directly to the NEN video to give readers access to the argument.


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Hate to threadjack but the one Green industry and job I support, doesn’t get the support from Obama and Reid. That is the Nuclear energy generation industry. Because of the ban on reprocessing fuel rods we have the problem of storage. Because we don’t have a place to store them (Yucca Mountain) 161million Americans are w/in 75 miles of the storage facility. Obama and Reid killed Yucca Mountain.

http://ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=334190009926126

James on August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM

tmedlin on August 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Sirs:
I would like to report the group who are putting out the most disinformation about the Health care debate.

The White House.

Time and again you’ve blamed the wrong people, and put up plans which would not help, and drive this country further into debt.

Respectfully;

Sent…

Romeo13 on August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Good… The Liberalism is strong with you. A powerful Democrat you will become. Henceforth, you shall be known as D-Rahm.

CMonster on August 4, 2009 at 11:59 AM

D-Rahm vs Darth Cheney….no contest.

Fighton03 on August 4, 2009 at 4:26 PM

I would like to report myself for opposing your plan to bankrupt our nation and bypass our Constitution. In the spirit of John Hancock, I want to make sure that you can read my signature. ( you will have to enlarge the font on your email…don’t have that capability here)

Sincerely,
T Medlin

tmedlin on August 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

I’ve got one better.

Send an e-mail saying that ‘Prominent government figures has been on record spreading the rumor that you supported the eventual elimination of Private healthcare insurance through government regulation. You might want to get on that.’

Then share a link to this vid and and this vid.

Chaz706 on August 4, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Maddoggit, I hate when I post at the bottom of the page. It’s like writing something on a chalkboard just before someone erases every word!

I don’t wanna get in trouble by double-posting, so if you want the details on the next bombshell from Naked Emperor News, click here.

L.N. Smithee on August 4, 2009 at 4:36 PM

If Obama had a nose like Pinoccio, we’de be able to build the space elevator out of the wood.

bullseye on August 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Hate to threadjack but the one Green industry and job I support, doesn’t get the support from Obama and Reid. That is the Nuclear energy generation industry. Because of the ban on reprocessing fuel rods we have the problem of storage. Because we don’t have a place to store them (Yucca Mountain) 161million Americans are w/in 75 miles of the storage facility. Obama and Reid killed Yucca Mountain.

James on August 4, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Obama isn’t fully funding Polywell Fusion research either.

Both examples are despicable as both could lead to a greater measure of energy reliability and independence.

Chaz706 on August 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I do believe Sir Walter Scott was specifically speaking to the filthy liar:

Oh what a wicked web we weave….when first we practice to deceive.

Don’t you love it….

highninside on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

If Obama had a nose like Pinoccio, we’de be able to build the space elevator out of the wood.

bullseye on August 4, 2009 at 4:37 PM

Brilliant!

Chaz706 on August 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Brownshirts unite. We must eradicate the opposition.

*********THIS IS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WEBSITE***********
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.

I encourage you to follow my lead and report yourself IMMEDIATELY!

Feel free to copy/paste or write your own

To Whom It May Concern:

I saw your notice from the White House today:

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

.

I would like to report myself for opposing your plan to bankrupt our nation and bypass our Constitution. In the spirit of John Hancock, I want to make sure that you can read my signature. ( you will have to enlarge the font on your email…don’t have that capability here)

Sincerely,
T Medlin

tmedlin on August 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Worth Quoting.

Lets Flood them with Emails. They can only hold so many of us before the goulags are over run.

Nurse Barry
Nurse Michelle.

BillaryMcBush on August 4, 2009 at 4:48 PM

It’s tactics like this that make the Obama administration the most Orwellian to date. Telling the public not to listen to the facts, ignore them and listen to the lies and they will become the truth for you. A sense of unreality permeates Obama and his underlings.

WordsMatter on August 4, 2009 at 4:50 PM

pants on fire

Wade on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

In case no one has posted this.Not only is the pushback from the WH strange and telling but there is also this:

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.

So lets go ahead and narc out our neighbors and family members who forward emails to us? Scary.

canditaylor68 on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

pants panties on fire

Wade on August 4, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Wade on August 4, 2009 at 4:52 PM

BillaryMcBush on August 4, 2009 at 4:48 PM

Aww you beat me to it =)

canditaylor68 on August 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Now let me be clear and we have said all along that we did not say that in that video.

Are you going to believe your own d@mned lyin eyes?

or

are you going to believe me?

BELIEVE…even if its bullsh!t..YES YOU CAN!

BillaryMcBush on August 4, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Douglass seems to have taken to her role as a propagandist rather well for someone who worked as a supposedly objective reporter for so long.

There’s a difference?

ddrintn on August 4, 2009 at 5:08 PM

I was gone for 3 days and look what happens… Great to be back to the world where left is right and up is down.

FontanaConservative on August 4, 2009 at 5:08 PM

^ Oh, and if Obama’s a one-termer, or if she so chooses before 2012, Douglass will be back at the “reporter” role in a blink. Seamlessly.

ddrintn on August 4, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Hmmmmmmm….let’s TEST it!

http://viralfootage.com/?p=2773

Jeff from WI on August 4, 2009 at 5:14 PM

AP also reports on this:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090804/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_health_care_3

That site carries a series of video clips from another blogger who strings together selected Obama statements on health care to make it appear he wants to eliminate the private health insurance business.

NEN is not a blogger.. (is he?). Besides which, the AP article is very biased towards the WH version of events.

Phoenician on August 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM

I can’t say this enough…never in my life have I seen a more brazen, openly dishonest bunch. Never have I seen an American government more openly hostile to and dismissive of the People.

What’s scary is all the people out there (and a few in here) that have no problem with this whatsoever.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 4, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Smells like something delicious is cooking.

tru2tx on August 4, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Mmmmmmmmmm! Yum Yum!

This angry push-back strategy by the Administration is a sure loser! It is borne out of a sense of political obligation to all the little Congressional pawns they just sent out into the hinterlands, only to get their heinies beaten badly by their constituents.

The Adminsitration failed to lead, and the Congressional leadership failed to follow.

By failing to get a bill passed before the recess, they essentially just violated the first rule of wing-walking:

– NEVER let go of one strut before you have a good grip on the next one!

They all went home on vacation with nothing to show but dashed hopes and chump change.

So when the Congress members now take the Keith Ellison approach, and rudely refused to answer questions, they got confronted right then and there . . . “Well, answer the question!” the man told him.

The “listening session” strategy some of them are employing is completely devoid of reason. “Hey . . . here’s a good idea. You rant at me and I’ll just stand here like and take it. Okay?

If they tactically arrange for too small a room, the people outside are left free to vent to eager video-takers, who will then post the results on You-Tube, and send all around their district.

The truth is that the Democrats are in full disarray, as well they ought to be! They awoke the sleeping giant, which, in this case, is the “baby-boom generation” a large bubble of folks just entering into senior territory, with more and more of them having tons and tons of time on their hands!

What did these idiot Democrats do? They decided to propose — no, ram (or is it “Rahm”)– something that seriously threatened to undermine the remaining sense of security that millions upon millions of Americans have in their currrent healthcare plans. The boomers who are over 65 have Medicare, but the baby-boomers who are under 65 are piqued! They know the public option will undermine what they now have, and will increasingly be dependent on, and that we’ll be talking about “single-payer,” and all the rationing it brings with it in a matter of a few years. And the folks just behind them know it too.

This Naked Empress video, and the full one that circulated a few days ago, featuring “Mr. Smooth,” Barney Frank, saying essentially the same thing to a “single payer” true believer, have combined to essentially ripped a huge hole in the facade covering the “public option.” And the Congressman are all at home at the mercy of their constituents.

Trochilus on August 4, 2009 at 5:49 PM

This is what the WHite House is pushing:

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.

I suggest that we report every liberal, Democrat, and Obama supoorter we know. Turn it back on them so the information becomes useless.

bill30097 on August 4, 2009 at 6:03 PM

. . . who strings together selected Obama statements on health care to make it appear he wants to eliminate the private health insurance business.

Besides which, the AP article is very biased towards the WH version of events.

Phoenician on August 4, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Gosh, and here I always thought that folks like Jennifer Loven and Glen Johnson went out of their way to fairly report the news in an entirely unbiased manner!

Huh. Wadddya know.

Trochilus on August 4, 2009 at 6:03 PM

If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

I suggest that we report every liberal, Democrat, and Obama supoorter we know. Turn it back on them so the information becomes useless.

bill30097 on August 4, 2009 at 6:03 PM

But that would be wrong! Ha ha ha!

Trochilus on August 4, 2009 at 6:07 PM

bill30097 on August 4, 2009 at 6:03 PM

And, for inspiration, obtain (or dig out) your copy ofThe Lazlo Letters,” by Don Novello, a truly intriguing work of American humor from the early 1970s.

Trochilus on August 4, 2009 at 6:35 PM

As requested, I’d like to report that I am seeing an awful lot of disinformation coming from…..the White House.

Americans are on to you. Your despicable lies have awakened the sleeping giant and I couldn’t be happier. Your days of majority in the Congress and White House are numbered. The midterms will be just a preview; 2012 will break your hearts—and your stranglehold on America. Can’t wait.

Hope and change, baby…hope and change!

Sincerely,

IrishEi on August 4, 2009 at 7:15 PM

“health-insurance reform” = “global warming” = “climate change”.

Johan Klaus on August 4, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Usually, if his lips are moving he’s lying. However, in the case of the Naked Emporer video…that is exactly what he meant to say.

flag.gov????? They must be kidding me. They don’t like that we’ve learned to get around the MSM. They’ll be trying to shut all of our favorite sites down next.

njpat on August 4, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Just imagine where we would be without the internet and talk radio.
We’d all be living in the Nation of Screwed.

JellyToast on August 4, 2009 at 7:45 PM

We should report all the lefty blogs to flag@whitehouse.gov that should keep them busy.

njpat on August 4, 2009 at 7:53 PM

And another thing, what is up with the Star Trek sideburns thing she’s got going on with her hair?

lowandslow on August 4, 2009 at 7:55 PM

You cannot win against Drudge…

You’re best strategy is to ignore him.

patch on August 4, 2009 at 8:08 PM

Why is it ok for the left to use the same video (minus the comments) to promote that Obama believes in a single payer system and a public option is a tool to get him there. I found the same video of Obama on the progressive sites–to show the progressive readers that he supports it. Why are they pointing out Drudge? Obviously Obama said it.

njpat on August 4, 2009 at 8:36 PM

I snitched! LOL. But I don’t think they’ll like it. Seems there is a video out there spreading disinformation about the president and his views of a single payer system.

Fighton03 on August 4, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Linda Douglass is just another lying stooge. And we, “the people”, put up with this garbage. Obviously, she is a certifiable idiot.

ultracon on August 4, 2009 at 11:20 PM

Remember Baghdad Bob? Well Here is DC Linda! “Obammbi didn’t say he wanted single payer when did he say that?”

Kjeil on August 5, 2009 at 1:55 AM

I didnt know Baghdad Bob had a sister! Huh, how about that?

TheHat on August 5, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Back when Linda Douglas was with ABC, I knew she was a propaganda whore. Now it’s official.

WannabeAnglican on August 5, 2009 at 8:55 AM

ObamaCare opponents lying by … using Obama’s own words

This must be true simply because when Barry O’s lips are moving, he’s lying.

TrickyDick on August 5, 2009 at 1:40 PM

How very Soviet to have someone in charge of “Counter Disinformation,” a veritable Ministr Dezinformatzii for the Proles…

EasyEight on August 5, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I wonder if they realize they are subconsciously adopting very Soviet-style titles, offices and functions…and behaviors??

EasyEight on August 5, 2009 at 2:33 PM

See this related parody: “White House Requests People Email It ‘Fishy’ Health Care Claims; Servers Crash Under Onslaught of Video Clips Featuring President, Members of Congress”: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/08/white-house-requests-people-email-it.html

Mervis Winter on August 5, 2009 at 5:57 PM

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