White House Pushes Back Against Video Clip
The White House has created a new video message to counter a series of old clips which, taken together, create the impression that President Obama wants to get rid of private insurance as part of his health reform efforts.
The collection of clips from the campaign trail were featured Monday on the Drudge Report, with this breathless headline: "Uncovered Video: Obama Explains How His Health Care Plan Will 'Eliminate' Private Insurance."
"Nothing could be further from the truth," says administration official Linda Douglass in the White House's hastily assembled response. Douglass, a former ABC News correspondent, uses her most authoritative on-air manner to say that the creators of the elimination video are "taking sentences and phrases out of context, and they're cobbling them together to leave a VERY false impression." She goes on to show a few clips of her own, and tells the viewers that more are available on the White House Web site.
The dueling clips were featured by Politico's Mike Allen early Tuesday and show a White House intent on fighting an aggressive multimedia battle on behalf of its reform agenda as Congress moves into its recess at the end of the week.
Posted at 8:36 AM ET on Aug 4, 2009
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