Bill O’Reilly wants to get the facts about White House collecting “Fishy Criticisms”
White house Robert Gibbs responds to the White House Fishy Emails
Judge Napolitano claims White House seeking misleading internet names violates the constitution!
Linda Douglas definds the White House’s position on gathering names and getting information on people or companies spreading mis-information about the health care reform issue.
UPDATE: Monday August 17th: White House disables e-tip box!
The “flag” service was introduced Aug. 4, with a White House blog post saying: “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 email@example.com.”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at a briefing shortly after the service launched: “We’re not collecting names from those e-mails. … [A]ll we’re asking people to do is if they’re confused about what health care reform is going to mean to them, we’re happy to help clear that up for you. Nobody is keeping anybody’s names.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, wrote a letter to Obama raising privacy concerns about what the senator called an “Obama monitoring program.”
“I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House,” Cornyn wrote. “So I urge you to cease this program immediately.”
In a later statement, Cornyn said: “Of course the White House is collecting names. … [I]t is inevitable. Anyone with access to the firstname.lastname@example.org account has access to the names and email addresses that are collected in that account. … How are they purging names and email addresses from this account to protect privacy?”