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."
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."