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August 13, 2009

Busted! Extreme Transparency Edition!

"Transparency will be the touchstone of my administration"

- Barack Obama

And the feel good comedy smash of the summer continues:

Critics on Capitol Hill and online responded with outrage at the reports that Obama had gone behind their backs and sold the reform movement short. Furthermore, the deal seemed to be a betrayal of several promises made by then-Sen. Obama during the presidential campaign, among them that he would use the power of government to drive down the costs of drugs to Medicare and that negotiations would be conducted in the open.

And over the past several days, both the White House and PhRMA have offered a series of sometimes conflicting accounts of what happened in an attempt to walk back the story.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, Patterico's covering the media's ongoing efforts to inform the public cover up a bit of health care chicanery:

The reporter who wrote the Houston Chronicle story apparently knew that Mayer was an Obama delegate, but didn’t include that detail in her story. Commenter mike in houston says that he wrote reporter Cindy Horswell and received the following response:

This is the name and occupation that she gave when she spoke at the public meeting. She also told me that she was an Obama state delegate and been notified of the meeting by email and did not live in Lee’s district. I have since been trying to see if she misrepresented herself. There is someone by the same name who lists herself as a graduate student and sociologist intern at a Houston council on drugs and alcohol…but that person no longer works there. And do not know if this is the sme person. She may also be a visiting doctor from another state…..Am interested in any information that anyone might have. Best regards, Cindy Horswell

Sorry, Ms. Horswell, she’s not a visiting doctor from another state. And you should have told us she was an Obama delegate.

UPDATE x2: Just to be clear, Mayer specifically represented herself as a “pediatric primary care physician” to the Houston Chronicle, which didn’t bother to check it out, and gave her comments extra weight as a supposed “physician”.

Thank Gaia we're finally hearing unscripted, grassroots questions from real Americans just like you and me. I'd sure hate to think those awful Rethugs were trying to stifle genuine debate again:

In an op-ed published Monday by USA Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Mary.) wrote:
Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American. Drowning out the facts is how we failed at this task for decades.

As NewsBusters reported Monday, a liberal advocacy group called Health Care for America Now published a playbook last Tuesday with the following instructions for its members to counter "the 'tea-bagger' protesters and right-wing activists" showing up at town hall meetings from coast to coast:

Their side will be smaller but noisier. You must bring enough people to drown them out

Oops. Our bad.

Wrong party.

The Editorial Staff thank our lucky stars that we can rely on unbiased journalists to alert us to dangerous trends, like when potentially violent right wing whack jobs fan the flames of partisan hatred and distrust.

Oops. Our bad.

Wrong party.

Still, the actions of private citizens are one thing. Allowing our own government to chill free speech would be simply intolerable.

Former Clinton appointee, Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy, suggested that the participation of prosecutors and law enforcement officials in Obama’s “Truth Squad” may be in violation of the federal Hatch Act (Title 5 of the U.S. Code), which prohibits executive officials from using their positions to interfere with federal elections. Of Obama’s strong-armed tactics, McCarthy said that: “The chill wind was bracing. The Taliban could not better rig matters. The Prophet of Change is only to be admired, not questioned.”

These examples just scratch the surface of the Obama campaign’s systematic attack on the First Amendment and participatory democracy. Behind a veil of Hope, Change, and a new type of politics, Obama and his legal team, led by General Counsel Robert F. Bauer, have unleashed Gestapo tactics to threaten, intimidate, and bully their political opponents.

That kind of community organizing would be fraudulent and wrong. Unthinkable, really:

The most recent example of Obama-Planned onslaught was seen Sunday, when many established bloggers’ and message board users’ names and their links (including my own) were nearly simultaneously forged in messages on forums and blogs all over the net. The messages, falsely bearing our names, stated that we have had a “change of heart” and now “support Barack Obama”.

It's a good thing the Obama administration and the mainstream media have joined forces to protect the public from evil mongerers and moralistic idealogues.

Posted by Cassandra at August 13, 2009 05:00 PM

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First, that little thing called the Constitution is a wonderful thing. Yes, every two years it requires every member of the House and a third of the Senate to stand for election. Let us hope the attention span of the country can last for 15 months.

Second, even with a majority which should be able to pass anything it really wants to, the Democratic hierarchy is blowing it. Democratic talking heads are fond of always accusing the Republicans of bowing to their right wing base - actually, to the Democratic base, that is anybody to the right of Karl Marx. That having been said, who is this administration and its Congressional allies bowing to that they find it necessary to introduce Stalinistic methods to the political arena?

Posted by: RIslander at August 13, 2009 05:30 PM

"Oops. Our bad. Wrong party."

Yeah, how 'bout dat?

Posted by: camojack at August 14, 2009 03:54 AM

Waaaaah! I wasn't forged or nuthin'. I guess that means I'm not an established blogger, even if my daily readership exceeds the paid subscriptions of my local fishwrap.


Posted by: NRA-ILA card carrying Neanderthal at August 14, 2009 10:53 AM

I guess that means I'm not an established blogger...

Whiner. Cassie sheepishly admits you're one of her faves and you complain there's a gap in the White House radar big enough to drive the 379th Mechanized Horde through, in line abreast...

Posted by: BillT at August 14, 2009 12:48 PM

Oh, I thought you meant booger.

Posted by: NRA-ILA card carrying Neanderthal at August 14, 2009 04:45 PM

Oh, and how did I miss it when she said something nice about me? I'm going to have to fix that 'bot I hid in her template.

Posted by: NRA-ILA card carrying Neanderthal at August 14, 2009 04:53 PM

You were busy letting me take the heat for posting about skunks in the White Hou -- uhhhhhhhh, woodpile.

Posted by: BillT at August 14, 2009 05:12 PM