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Taxpayer funded propaganda?

Should the taxpayers be funding agenda driven propaganda?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday accused the White House of using the stimulus tracking website Recovery.gov to disseminate propaganda.

Issa released a 37-page report documenting alleged misconduct by the Obama administration in several of its new-media projects. The report documents several instances in which government agencies allegedly promoted administration policies using federal resources.

Issa called on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the allegations and determine if the administration violated federal law by using taxpayers' dollars for political purposes.

Specifically, the report points to websites it claims contain false or misleading information, such as Recovery.gov and HealthReform.gov, as well as to a conference call during which a White House staff member urged artists and entertainers to support President Obama's agenda.

Rather than serve as a tool for strong oversight and transparency, "Recovery.gov became a taxpayer-funded tool to promote false and misleading propaganda to support the Democrat-backed stimulus," the report states. "The manifest inaccuracies in the data the White House used to justify its economic policies constitutes the dissemination of false propaganda by the federal government."

Recovery Board Chairman Earl Devaney published a blog post Monday arguing the site has accomplished its objective by providing transparency of stimulus investments.

"Although this new level of transparency may not be obvious to casual observers, it is inspiring real transformation in the federal government," Devaney wrote.

The report also accuses President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden of leveraging their White House platform "to promote websites designed to disseminate propaganda." It argues the claims made on Recovery.gov about jobs saved or created by the stimulus are fictitious and misleading, citing news reports and individual instances in which the displayed figures appeared to be incorrect.

The report notes the White House responded to critical reports by changing the displayed metric from "Jobs Created/Saved" to “Recovery Funded Jobs Reported by Recipients” but says there is no evidence the reported figures are any more accurate.

“Using new technologies and the remnants of the most expensive presidential campaign in history, the Obama administration’s use of taxpayer dollars to engage in covert propaganda is disconcerting," Issa said in a statement. "This new report and a GAO investigation are needed to help shed light on how taxpayer dollars are being spent to illegally further a political agenda.”


http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/114653-issa-calls-recoverygov-qpropagandaq

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 5:14 PM on Jun. 20, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Wouldn't surprise me one little bit!

    I think this tidbit nails it! If Bush, or any republican or more moderate/conservative president, had done this the left would be calling for impeachment hearings!

    “Using new technologies and the remnants of the most expensive presidential campaign in history, the Obama administration’s use of taxpayer dollars to engage in covert propaganda is disconcerting," Issa said in a statement. "This new report and a GAO investigation are needed to help shed light on how taxpayer dollars are being spent to illegally further a political agenda.”
    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 5:44 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Well what else would we expect...he is from Chicago.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:04 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • We go through rows all the time about this here in Canada . In reality , there is at times a very thin line to be drawn sometimes between legitimate information about govt. programs available to individuals and businesses on the one hand , and media material on these programs which opposition politicians claim is political advocacy masquerading as as information on the other .

    Some of it is political game playing but some issues are more serious . Inevitable in modern politics .
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 10:50 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Why not, rules don't apply to the Elite, gosh, we must be dumb, we should know that by now...
    agentwanda

    Answer by agentwanda at 11:28 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • lol...you seem to forget this


    "Public Affairs Outreach Program"


    lol..how soon republicans forget what THEY defended

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:32 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Using new technologies and the remnants of the most expensive presidential campaign in history, the Obama administration’s use of taxpayer dollars to engage in covert propaganda is disconcerting," Issa said in a statement. "This new report and a GAO investigation are needed to help shed light on how taxpayer dollars are being spent to illegally further a political agenda.”


    Like when Bushie was paying for positive war coverage? and had a "plant" reporter in the WH??

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:33 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • And you are surprised by government-funded propaganda?
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 1:06 PM on Jun. 21, 2011

  • Change..chains..chains
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 1:11 PM on Jun. 21, 2011

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