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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Obama's Shell Game: Replacing the Press with Rigged Social Networking Populism

The creation of Open for Questions, a new White House website allowing the "public" to vote on questions they want to hear asked is yet another step by the Obama Administration away from the press and toward keeping Obama in his own bubble of celebrity coverage and rigged social networking.

The Obama campaign displayed a great of facility in exploiting social networking to compulsively promote their man, while conducting hate campaigns against Hillary Clinton, McCain and Palin. Often this consisted of decentralizing the attack machine in order to remove accountability from Obama's people. Typical of this was Obama's first attack ad against Hillary, uploaded to YouTube by an employee of a firm working on Obama's campaign as a "viral video" and featuring a tyrannical Hillary Clinton confronted by an Obama supporter, in a remake of a famous Apple TV commercial. Obama denied having anything to do with the attack ad, and the lapdog media eagerly lapped up his absurd claim that he lacked the resources to produce the ad.

This was to be a pattern for the campaign. Obama adeptly exploited social networking, but it was a rigged shell game. Back in July of last year I noted that Obama's online support was stacked with phony names, multiple identities and foreigners posing as Americans while claiming at once to be Catholics, Jews, Asian-Americans, Iowa Latinos and DC Lawyers.

It is now clear that Obama's campaign tactics are becoming a permanent part of his administration. And though the press has eagerly supported him, with support growing shaky during the economic downturn, Obama is sidelining the press, avoiding open questions and pushing more of his rigged social networking shell game.

Obama has lately begun talking about needing to address the public without the "filter" of the press corps. Naturally what that really means is he wants one way communication with the public, without getting any actual questions in return. It's behind his constant TV appearances, pre-empting prime time programming and going on Leno. However America isn't quite ready for a celebrity version of Castro or Kim Jong Il.

Social networking efforts such as Open for Questions give Obama the illusion of discarding the press in favor of a populist social media approach to the public. Why put up with the stuffy old press when anyone can ask and vote on questions that Obama himself 'may' answer? The answer of course is that a shell game is rigged so that the house always wins. Obama's social networking is a shell game, and the White House trying to displace the press with questions from a website that they control, selected through a rigged process by Obama's own supporters is not democracy or transparency. Instead it's a digital version of Chavezocracy.

Because as Obama has demonstrated time and time again, the only people allowed to ask him questions in "open forums", are his own supporters. So too the Washington Post identified the five named people who asked Obama questions as the "White House Town Hall" as being Obama supporters and donors... one even served as an advisor on Obama's platform committee That is Obama's idea of an "open forum", one in which his supporters ask him tough questions such as "I want to know more about health care". This of course is nothing but a charade masquerading as the democracy of a town hall meeting. But it's typical of Obama's people to use the language of democracy to disguise their carefully controlled echo chamber.

Obama has repeatedly demonstrated his paranoia when it comes to the press, kicking reporters from newspapers that did not endorse him off his campaign plane, turning press conferences into a charade favoring representatives of far left wing publications such as the Huffington Post and even locking the press out of an event in which he received an award from a newspaper association. Behind those actions is a control freak, who despite the media's adoration for him, cannot trust what he does not completely control.

Obama's people know that they are and will be taking increasingly controversial steps, the backlash from which requires them to manage information and sideline the press in favor of centralized propaganda. Social networking can serve to create the illusion of popular support while suppressing dissent. And sidelining the press in favor of YouTube or a White House hosted version of Digg allows Obama to claim a democratic mantle by championing populism, even if it is a populism that he tightly control.

Obama's campaign succeeded by playing one of many shell games with democracy, substituting manufactured populism for authentic debate. And as the campaign goes, so goes the administration, except that the administration is taking the campaign's tactics and multiplying them several times over. If Obama succeeds, America will have traded in open government for the rule of a mob of supporters at the gates of government in a charade reminiscent of the dying days of the Roman Empire.


  1. Anonymous29/3/09

    You gotta get rid of this freekin paranoid illegal POTUS or you will be stuck with him for life!.

    Yesterday in Georgia they had a Grand Jury (the Fourth Branch of Government). "At approx. 4:15 p.m. March 28th in the city of Stockbridge Ga. the people of Georgia returned an Indictment against Barack Hussein Obama!!!!!!
    25 Jurists, duly sworn in, heard tesitmony and in a unanimous vote,
    Indicted the usurper."

    There is another one coming in Virginia. I think you will have to use tools like these to remove the guy.

    Grand Juries are legal in the States:


    "Justice Powell, in United States v. Calandra, 414 U.S. 338, 343 (1974), stated:
    “The institution of the grand jury is deeply rooted in Anglo-American history. [n3] In England, the grand jury [p343] served for centuries both as a body of accusers sworn to discover and present for trial persons suspected of criminal wrongdoing and as a protector of citizens against arbitrary and oppressive governmental action. In this country, the Founders thought the grand jury so essential to basic liberties that they provided in the Fifth Amendment that federal prosecution for serious crimes can only be instituted by “a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.” Cf. Costello v. United States, 350 U.S. 359, 361-362 (1956). The grand jury’s historic functions survive to this day. Its responsibilities continue to include both the determination whether there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and the protection of citizens against unfounded criminal prosecutions. Branzburg v. Hayes, 408 U.S. 665, 686-687 (1972).”

    (French Canadian)

  2. Sultan

    The WP article you referenced claimed that in putting on a staged townhall meeting he had taken a page out of the Bush playbook. Commenters demands for corroboration of this claim were ignored.

    The continuing cooperation of the media, even as it is being shunted aside, is going to prolong the Obama Circus.

    I wish some Republican would stand on his hind legs and demand an investigation into Obama's AVS--Disabling credit card campaign finance fraud.

  3. Mr. Obumpty,
    I want to know more about your Stepford American plan.

  4. susan h30/3/09

    Obama's only hope in staying afloat is his not being exposed for the fraud that he is. As the press/journalists become "wise" to him, they will not be allowed to ask questions in fear his lies, agendas, hyprocisy will be exposed. Also, Obama risks being exposed as the fraudulent candidate that he is: Possibly not being born in the U.S., being a closet Muslim, his parents may not have been legally married, he may be lying about who his father was, and other things he is working so hard to hide. Obama has to increasingly keep a tight reign on everything or else he will get caught in his web of lies and his "house of phony cards will come tumbling down".

    I wonder what the next step will be after the people "indict the usurper"?

  5. Anonymous30/3/09


    They cannot ignore the result of a Grand Jury. Maybe you would be interested in listening to Carl Swenson, the man who started the Grand Jury in Georgia.

    Carl Swenson interview on "The Grand Jury" being held in Georgia.

    (French Canadian)



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