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The Phony Health Care Town Hall

You may have seen it on the news. President Obama appearing before a “Town Hall” audience at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale campus discussing Health Care. These “Town Hall” events became famous during the Presidential campaign and now pretty much refer to any group of people sitting around a stage listening to a politician answer questions.

Well in the case of Obama, these events are now carefully screened, managed, and scripted — not because of security concerns — but by the President’s media team who obviously don’t follow the “openness” and “transparency” theme promised by the President. Obama said “”Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.” There is nothing “Town Hall–ish” about them.

On the Health Care “Town Hall” . . . the Washington Post is reporting that “of the seven questions the president answered, four were selected by his staff from videos submitted to the White House Web site or from those responding to a request for ‘tweets.’ ” And the three audience members he called on randomly? The Post says “all turned out to be members of groups with close ties to his administration: the Service Employees International Union, Health Care for America Now, and Organizing for America, which is a part of the Democratic National Committee.”

Knowing all that makes this exchange between White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, CBS’ Chip Reid, and veteran Helen Thomas, a thorn in the side to many a presidential administration, very interesting.

Remember, this exchange happened before the “Town Hall” Gibbs promises the questions will be fair. In fact at the 1:06 mark he says “Ask me that question tomorrow based on what questions were asked.” It is good to see the media calling the Administration out for their phoniness.

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Most Outrageous Example of Media Bias I Have Ever Seen

Watch to see how CNN’s Susan Roesgen chose to report about the Tea Party tax protest in Chicago. This is the most outrageous example of media bias I have ever seen. This is why Fox News can claim to be Fair and Balanced.

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Facebook Backpedals – New Coke Anyone?

On my Facebook page this morning:

Terms of Use Update
Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised. For more information, visit the Facebook Blog.

If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

Reminds me of another bad idea that corporate execs didn’t think out — New Coke.

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You and me together – Forever

facebookOn February 4th, Facebook quietly changed its term of service (TOS) to say that they own your material even after you terminate your account. Please be aware Facebook means forever. Since this story broke, Facebook has issued several posts on blogs to suggest some limits in reality, but the change could mean anything.

This story broke on consumerist.com.

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WAR ON CONSERVATIVES – Or the HUSH-RUSH Act

United States Senator Debbie Stabenow and the liberal Democrats want to try to silence conservative talk radio by reviving the Fairness Doctrine, a former FCC policy that requires broadcast stations to provide opposing views on controversial issues of public importance.

“I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI), told liberal radio host Bill Press.

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