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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 01:38 PM
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Obama Admin creates new position to fight back against online smears.
lol and sadly, I have not been appointed to it.

White House Beefs Up Online Rapid Response

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration has created and staffed a new position tucked inside their communications shop for helping coordinate rapid response to unfavorable stories and fostering and improving relations with the progressive online community.

"This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response," read an internal memo from Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, provided to The Huffington Post. "For the last two years, Jesse has often worn two hats working in new media and serving as the White House's liaison with the progressive media and online community. Starting this week, Jesse will take on the second role full time working on outreach, strategy and response."

The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has been the purview of the Democratic National Committee (and will continue to be). Lee's hire, however, suggests that a portion of it will now be handled from within the administration. It also signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive engagement in the online world in the months ahead.

Lee has played that role in the past, including writing a semi-infamous White House blog post that said Fox News' Glenn Beck was lying about the administration on his show. His new gig comes with its own Twitter account, precisely for the purposes of disseminating push back.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/23/white-house-on...
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 02:20 PM
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3. Department of Homeland Snopes?
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 02:27 PM
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4. Spitefulness without merit will continue to exist, as will the 24/7 whiny complaints.
Edited on Mon May-23-11 02:31 PM by ClarkUSA
Nevertheless, it will be good to see shameless anti-Obama liars smacked down across the blogosphere. They will not change the outcome of 2012, much as they will try. Fuck 'em.
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 06:01 PM
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5. Good. They need something to counter the endless lies and exaggerations spewed by posters online..
Hope it helps.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 06:02 PM
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6. Took them long enough. Always a day late and a dollar short...
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 08:32 PM
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7. Good job finding an angle to criticize. LOL.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 08:58 PM
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10. If you read my journal you'll see I've been calling for this for ages
like I said, a day late and a dollar short.
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vroomvroom Donating Member (496 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 08:40 PM
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8. Will Progressives Bloggers speaking the truth be their #1 target? nt
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 08:58 PM
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9. No.......probably just the ones that lie and exaggerate via hyperbole
Edited on Mon May-23-11 08:59 PM by FrenchieCat
and speculative drama based on fucking nothing,
cause they really don't give a shit about what happens
to anyone, but they do like to hear themselves talk
about how life would be so wonderful, if only this President
did exactly as they have ordained it should be done.
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 09:21 AM
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12. Bet on it. There is no room, or tolerance, for truth in politics. nt
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 09:07 AM
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11. Is this position taxpayer funded?
To me if seems paid activity to bolster administration P.R. would be campaign related.

I can't see where it would benefit the public at large.
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jbnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-25-11 11:54 PM
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14. Having lies not being seen as the truth or having the true
policy/position/statement understood would always benefit the public.

I am not saying that is what they'll actually do, but as a theory...

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