August 9th, 2009
02:48 PM ET
5 years ago

Reliable Sources: War of health care YouTube Videos

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Health care occupied much of the airwaves on the Sunday morning talk shows, and conservatives criticized the Obama administration and Linda Douglass, Communications Director for the White House Office of Health Reform, for wading into a YouTube video war with a 42-year-old woman who posted a video on her Web site portraying Obama as a proponent of state sponsored health care.

"We have the right to correct the information," Douglass told Howard Kurtz Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources. "There's a lot of effort to scare people, and what we've asked people do is, if they're worried about something they've heard, send in the information."

Related: White House counteroffensive over Drudge link

Some, including Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said it was not appropriate for Douglass to appear in a video asking the public to tip off the administration to information in the blogosphere that may not be in Obama's best interests.

One day after Pam Key's video was linked on DrudgeReport.com under the headline "Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will Eliminate PRIVATE Insurance," the White House decided to take on Drudge and Key, posting it's own video featuring Douglass asking citizens to alert the administration regarding any "disinformation" with respect to health care legislation.

Douglass said the point of her video was to knock down rumors, not for the White House to keep tabs on individuals.

"We don't have a list. We're not keeping any of the sources of information. I mean, those are all crazy charges."

Douglass, a former congressional correspondent for ABC News, covered health care reform as a journalist in 1994 under the Clinton administration. She said the White House does not have any plans to stop refuting alleged rumors via the internet.

"They can look at some videos. We're going to have some fact sheets and we're going to make it possible for people to get the answers to the questions that they're seeking."

Kurtz asked Douglass, who left ABC News to join the administration, what it is like to be on the other side of the health care story.

"I had a longstanding interest in this. I feel very privileged to be able to work on this, " Douglass said. "I'm privileged to be able to help with this effort in his presidency. And it's a different stage in life, it's a different career, but I'm really gratified to be able to do it."


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  1. Bill in California

    BILL CLINTON TRIED, HILLARY CLINTON TRIED, NOW OCTOBAMA thinks he has the 'right stuff' to pull off the largest stripping of individual freedom this nation has ever experienced. THEY, HE underestimate the 'real' American spirit and willingness to fight for the FREEDOMS guaranteed under the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. BRING IT ON DIMRATS, YOU WILL LOSE....AGAIN!

    August 9, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. alvino

    The health care industry lobbyists have made it quite clear how to disrupt a democrats town hall meeting. Face facts, it is the uniformed republicans that have distorted the truth and shouted down any attempt at dialogue as they were told. You wing nuts are a dangerous group.

    August 9, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Linda

    Let me tell you what I think a Government run health program will be. In June, 2008–ny husband was diagnosed with stage 3B Lung Cancer. I carry our health at my place of employment–and after having radiation and chemo treatments the tumor had shrunk. The medical board met and decided that surgery (which would increase his survival chance significantly) was too difficult and they just wanted to give him stronger chemo. We wanted a second opinion and wanted to go to a Cancer Conprenshive center. I called my PRIVATE insurance company and was told that they would pay for a second opinion. We went to BEST hospital and had the BEST doctors. My husband had surgery and is now cancer free. Our PRIVATE insurance paid 100% of his surgery. Under a government run program, and his age (63) he would have been denied this chance because there would be someone younger that they would approve treating instead. He now has a second chance at life to enjoy his grandchildren and our first great grandchild. That my friends is what freedom means to me. We had the freedom to choose–the elderly, the mentally challenged and physically challenged are no use to the Govenrment because they don't pay taxes anymore and are drawing social security (for which they paid into all of their lives) If 85% of Americans are satisified with their insurance, and if we elect to keep it (as they say we can) will we also have to pay for the other people that are NOT satisfied?

    August 9, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. vlaw

    Its amazing how low the party of NO will sink for political points.

    August 9, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Jodi t

    Wouldn't telling people to send in the information they are worried about be considered effective communication? If it is skewed information they can get the correct information. Seems like that would make the government more effective. It seems like many republicans want to keep things the way they are! I haven't heard much of anything constructive from them, just stirring up fear and criticizing what is being done. I fear their 'leadership' more than what Pres. Obama is trying to do.

    August 9, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. alvino

    o one is trying to shut down dialogue. Dialogue involves listening too. Something the paid disrupters do not want to happen.

    August 9, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Barb

    spying on dissenters? What nonsense. All that was asked was that if you heard something about the draft health care reform bills which alarmed you.... report the information so that you could get the answers. NO ONE IS ASKING YOU TO SPY ON DISSENTERS. Some posters are just out to stop the President from doing ANYTHING AT ALL!.

    August 9, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Otto

    How is it possible that one guy "MomofFour" has something to say on every topic? This guy seems to think he knows everything about any subject; yet, his arguments makes no sense.

    I have a feeling he is one of the paid NeoCons who goes around shouting nonsense and having no clue about the subject at hand.

    Do you work, have a decent job and pay taxes? I hardly think so, just a troll who sits in his kitchen or leach off someone else Internet service. Get a life and provide suggestions instead of being a troll who waste precious time.

    For your information, the Republicans will be loosing much more seats in the coming election. Why, you as well as they, have nothing positive to sugest except NO to every plan being made.

    August 9, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. alvino

    The brown shirted right wing nuts must have forgotten about Bush's wiretapping of our own troops and citizens.

    August 9, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    Dean would not know his butt from a hole in the ground. Why did he wait for a week to opine?

    August 9, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. Tatianna

    SEIU THUGS TEACH HEALTHCARE PROTESTERS THE CHICAGO WAY OF POLITICS. White members of SEIU yell racial epithets and assaults a black conservative outside of a town hall meeting. Obama and his cohorts are responible for inciting this altercation by pandering A CALL TO ARMS. What has our nation come to, when our president tell opponents of his policy: GET OUT OF THE WAY? We have a thug sitting in Oval Office advocating violence against fellow Americans. Enough is enough. Impeach Obama

    August 9, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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