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. HJA

    I am going to my next local Dem meeting. I am also going to make a video about the tactics the GOP and the media are using(you reading this Hannity?) .....Like them I will not be nice.......but everything I say will be verifiable as true.

    August 9, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Phoenix

    The scary part about what is going on seems similar to what we as American citizens were told how the Soviet Union KGB operated during the Cold War where neighbors and families were charged to "squeal" on anyone....

    August 9, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Neutralizer

    In Obambi we've found the worst of Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon. Time to impeach this man.

    August 9, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Neutralizer

    All the bad things the American people are angry about during Carter and Nixon Administration; they've found it all in our current President. Carter and Nixon morphed; the outcome is Barack Hussein Obama-Soetero.

    August 9, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Barry NiFong, Hawaii

    Instead of telling us what's in the bill, Oliar has his media machine marketing instead of informing.

    August 9, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Jake AZ

    Rethuglicans shooting themselves in the foot again … Free for the watching.

    All of these loud right wing Children having tantrums … Great entertainment.

    When RepubliBrats misbehave … Priceless.

    August 9, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Obama is not my Hero

    This is just plain nuts to be honest! Attacking American Citizens because they have an opinion, true or false, is just not cool.

    August 9, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. How dare anyone oppose HIM..

    Just shut-up they tell opponents to Obamas CARE...Health remains to
    be seen.? sofar OBAMA has been in hiding when it comes to be transparent what he is trying to sell to the American people..Lets really
    have an open debate and stop this hide-and-seek...!
    Democrats think bi-partisan is the other side to shut-up and co-operate and that the call democracy...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. ANGIE IN PA

    THEY ARE TRYING TO GET THE FACTS OUT THERE You Know expose the GOP And their dirty Lies they are trying to engage with the People with truth and dignity not filthy fear mongering lies like the Republicans are doing!

    August 9, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), 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.

    Has he also considered that it is not in the best interest of the state of Texas to have him moving around acting like he is representative for the state. The state of Texas can put forth a much more qualified person to represent a Life Form than this man. Besides, is this man qualified to represent the state of Texas? Has anyone seen his birth certificate? Can he prove that the certificate he might show is the original document and not just some document stating that he was born alive? I mean, a Certificate of Live Birth simply indicates that when a person was born, they were not born as zombies but as a live baby.

    August 9, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. 60's survivor

    those who are spreading lies about this health care reform bill are nothing but criminals and should be arrested!! they arrested antiwar protesters in the 60's and70's. and they weren't lying. what's up with this country. these lies these backward rightwing thugs are spreading can
    Sam someone life on the future

    August 9, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. 60's survivor

    can cause someone to lose their life in the future I meant to say. I'm so mad at these rightwingers I can't even type straight!!

    August 9, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. Confused

    I wonder why the adminstration hasn't taken notice why watching some of U Tube what they haven't taken notice that most of the people that go to the town halls are their under their own free will. And I also wonder why after Mr. Obama told people to go to the town hall's and argue with the other side get in their face. After watching U tube I wonder why he hasn't told be to calm down. Told people to debate in a better fasion. Mr. Obama when you tell people like the SEIU to get in their face and argue nothing but fights start. (St.Louis)

    August 9, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. I'll make 'em famous

    Straight talks to defuse the 'healthcare terrorists'

    August 9, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Jim

    If its ok for people like Sen. Cornyn to lie, its ok for the Obama administration to refute. There is nothing inappropriate about wanting to know the newest lies so that they can be refuted.

    August 9, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Ellen

    When Obama says that our economy is being bankrupted by current health care costs, he's stating a fact and reform is the logical next move. Republican opposition has nothing to do with facts and figures; they have made it clear that they will oppose health care a) because they are whiners; b) because they have taken money from industry interest groups; c) because they can't let Obama have this victory.

    I will be disappointed if Obama doesn't make real change somewhere in the health-care system with this legislation. And I am disappointed in Democrats who do not support the guy that got them their majority. Do they really want to go backwards?

    August 9, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. ASTROTURF THIS

    KGB anyone??

    In my 46 years of life did I ever think I see big brother takeover the White House but this is as close as it gets. This makes Watergate look like nursery school. With Rahm Emanuel going around threatening and breaking arms and now the internet being monitored it really focuses on how the far-left of the Democratic party has taken over Washington. Billions of our tax dollars going to environmental goons and unions...our private market being threatened ...banks, cars, mortgages, insurance, energy and now healthcare. The news media is so far in the tank with the left and attacking the conservatives 3:1. This is not democracy. This is not the USA I want to be a part of. Luckily...it will not last. The farther left the DNC takes government the farther right the people will vote....like clock work.

    August 9, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. MomofFour

    The DNC again demonstrates how far out of mainstream they are. This is not the Soviet Union or Cuba. If they think they can intimidate people who disagree with their policies and get away with it they have another thing coming. They cannot take our freedom away from us. We will kick them out to the curb faster than they bought their way in.

    August 9, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Jane

    So far I have not read this pending legislation. I am a Progressive. That said, I am not opposed to government run programs. However, due to lobbists, corrupt legislators, and insurance companies, I find it hard to thnk that this government will NOT hurt us in trying to appease Big Business. I also do not like what I am hearing about being taxed if I cannot afford to buy mandatory healthcare. Now how is robbing us of money going to help us get healthcare?

    August 9, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Ms. G

    Yes, we need Health care reform and I support President Obama in this. Anyone that feels otherwise should do research and find out the truth for themselves.

    August 9, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. nelson

    News media and some of it's jounalists are bought and paid for by the obama admin ... nbc, cbs,abc & cnn why not try for the whole
    ball game.. America spying on Americans waj ( imo)

    August 9, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. jane

    Ms. Douglass is doing the right thing to give the public access to accurate information about the health care bill. When you have someone like Sarah Palin's outlandish label of "death panel" thrown out there, people are naturally going to wonder what that's about - which Palin neither knows nor cares, as long as it frightens people so much they won't suppor this bill that our country needs so badly.
    We need a resource for truthful information available to the public.

    August 9, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. ME

    I am an independent because I don't buy-in the democrats or the republicans.Read the draft health care reform bill and decide for yourself. There is no disinformation there. This is a socialist plan period!!
    It will be a one health care system sponsored by the government.
    If the democrats are accusing the republicans of an orchestrated opposition fine with me. Just address the points and the concerns and stop diverting the attention to a political arm-wrestling.

    August 9, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. Gator

    Would Republican Senator Cornyn think it is more politically correct (appropriate) allowing LIES to go unchallenged? Come on, that is nonsense.

    The administration has every right to clarify misinformatio and provide truth for the American people.

    August 9, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  25. MatthewDetroit

    Barack is a liar and a thug.
    NOW HIS ADMINISTRATION is trying to stop American people from protesting his health care plan.
    A plan he has not even read.
    A plan that hurts our elderly.
    IT IS SIMPLY A MONEY GRAB AND MORE CORRUPTION.
    The dems are thieves. The Republicans spend as well.
    I DONT WANT EITHER PARTY HAVING MORE CONTROL OF OUR MONEY.
    SAY NO TO THE HEALTHCARE REFORM PLAN.
    IT IS A MONEY GRAB. IT WILL NOT IMPROVE OUR SYSTEM.

    August 9, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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