From Judicial Watch:
JW Spurs Senate Probe into Obama Propaganda Spending
Judicial Watch is no longer the only voice in Washington calling attention to the Obama administration's policy of producing taxpayer-funded propaganda to brainwash the American people into favoring the administration's policies. Prompted by Judicial Watch's work in this arena, a key Senate subcommittee has joined our cause. Roll Call has the story:
(Incidentally, when questioned by the reporter as to why McCaskill, a Democrat, decided to help spearhead this investigation, a spokesman for the Missouri congresswoman said, "…good government is not a partisan thing." Amen to that.)
And what prompted Congress' sudden interest in this issue?
According to Roll Call, Republicans on the subcommittee said Judicial Watch's efforts to expose an Obamacare propaganda campaign funded by Obama's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)"piqued their interest." (And so it came as no surprise to see HHS on the list of target agencies.)
As you may recall, JW has already released a significant number of documents detailing this massive multi-media campaign designed to persuade the American people to "accept" Obamacare. In fact, as news of this congressional investigation emerged, Judicial Watch released brand new documents detailing the HHS Obamacare propaganda campaign.
JW got hold of the new records on January 9, 2012, as a partial response by HHS to a FOIA request we filed almost two years ago (June 9, 2010), looking for "any and all records from March 2010 to the present pertaining to the HHS brochure 'Medicare and the Health Care Law ‒ What It Means to You.'"
Here are a few highlights from our most recent find:
Of course, these documents are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we've already uncovered. And they show a government agency out to get the private health insurance market.
JW previously obtained documents from the Obama HHS showing that the Obama White House helped coordinate a multimillion dollar taxpayer-funded campaign to use Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo to drive web traffic to a government website promoting the Affordable Health Care Act. The expressed purpose of this campaign is to increase public support for the president's health care overhaul among key Obama campaign demographics, specifically Hispanics, blacks, and women.
In other documents uncovered by Judicial Watch, HHS describes in detail the key to success of the propaganda campaign in a "Statement of Work" accompanying the agency's Acquisition Plan: "Health and program-related messages are processed by the target audience according to a particular reality, which he or she experiences. Attitudes, feelings, values, needs, desires, behaviors and beliefs all play a part in the individual's decision to accept information and make a behavioral change." These documents suggest the total cost of the Obamacare propaganda campaign could reach as much as $200 million.
In November 2010, Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Obama HHS regarding a series of three Medicare television advertisements featuring actor Andy Griffith. According to FactCheck.org, a project of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, the advertisements intentionally misinformed the American people.
This would appear to be exactly the kind of information of interest to Sens. Portman and McCaskill as they continue their bipartisan probe. You can be sure our investigators will be in touch directly with their offices. You can also be sure that we will continue our own investigations, independent of Congress, into the Obama administration's Big Brother propaganda campaigns.