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Posted on 05/24/2011 4:50:35 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
White House Creates Liberal Damage Control Position
by L.A. Holmes | May 24, 2011
Any press is good press, right? The Obama administration apparently doesn't think so.
The White House has created a new position dedicated to damage control in the media, but it appears the role will focus on spinning negative stories published on left-of-center websites -- or "progressive" blogs as the new job defines them -- not right-wing news outlets.
In an internal personnel memo first obtained by the Huffington Post, itself a liberal-slanted blog, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer writes that staffer Jesse Lee will head up the new initiative.
"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," Pfeiffer writes.
"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 administration has had to walk a delicate line with its Democratic base since coming to power in 2009. President Obama has faced increasing criticism from the left over issues like its failure to close Guantanamo Bay, sluggish efforts to promote gay rights, and continuation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Then press secretary Robert Gibbs famously angered what he termed the "professional left," telling The Hill newspaper in August that the group goes too far in its criticism of the president.
"I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested ... I mean, it's crazy," Gibbs said.
(Excerpt) Read more at politics.blogs.foxnews.com ...
“What are you writing, Comrade? Dear Leader wants to know!”
This isn’t satire????
They will need at least 1/2 of the West wing
ahhhh....so many complaints...so little time...
This is why Free Republic, and especially the Sunday Thread, is so important. We catch the lies and report.
They sure should. George Bush is decent, honorable and truthful, all things Baraq al-Husayn bin Obama is not.
So Talon News was a “scandal” but this is just Stalinist business as usual from Progressives.
Zippy is taking so much heat from the web-based left that I seriously doubt whether one toad in the White Hut press operation can stay on top of it.
Should we just call him the Joseph Goebbels Czar?
So will the next White House ALSO have to fill this office for dealing with "Progressive Media"?
Since Obama cannot possibly run on or defend his record publicly, the only move he has left is to unleash the attack dogs of political war.
Obama and his team as well as the left wing media will unleash the nastiest ugliest meanest rottenest political hatchet jobs this country has ever seen.
Shades of the Nixon administration at its worst.
This jig is up, I confess, I am Jesse Lee. Now get down on the floor! You’re all under arrest for daring to question the Supreme Potentate!
I vote for Spin Pimp Deluxe.
I vote for Spin Pimp Deluxe.
Give him some street cred.
M.C. Prop A Ganda
Minister of Truth.
You know, they said that Nixon was paranoid...
Jesse Lee (born 1979) is the White House was named Director of Progressive Media & Online Response on May 23, 2001. This is a newly created position to help maintain the President's online presence as he prepares for his 2012 Presidential reelection bid. The duties of this position, dealing with negative or factually incorrect stories about the President, was formerly handled by the Democratic National Committee's rapid response team. Lees first tweet about his new position included a picture of The Terminator.
Lee was formerly the Online Programs Director under the Barack Obama Administration. Lee spent his early life in Takoma Park, Maryland, and graduated with a degree in philosophy from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 2002. He was hired to do Internet work for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in 2003, and worked in their online division from 2004 to 2006.
Lee served as Senior New Media Advisor to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi during the 110th United States Congress. During the 2008 United States presidential election, Lee performed online response for the Democratic National Committee. He worked in online outreach during the Presidential transition of Barack Obama, in the New Media department. On February 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced Lee was hired as Online Programs Director for his administration. Contents [hide]
Early life and education
Lee was raised in Takoma Park, Maryland. In 2002, Lee graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Lee graduated with an academic major in philosophy from Trinity College, and was also close to obtaining a major in politics from the college but was short one thesis. After college, Lee did temporary work as a paralegal.  Political career
Lee was hired in 2003 to do Internet-related work for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). From 2004 to 2006, Lee worked for the online division of the DCCC. Rahm Emanuel became DCCC chair in 2005, and allowed Lee discretion in his online postings. Lee served as the Senior New Media Advisor to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi during the 110th United States Congress. Lee blogged for Pelosi on the Speaker's official blog called "The Gavel". During the 2008 United States presidential election, Lee performed online rapid response for the Democratic National Committee. Lee worked in the Presidential transition of Barack Obama, in the New Media department, performing online outreach during the transition and work on the website Change.gov. The Washington Post noted "Lee is well respected in the blogosphere". Greg Sargent, a blogger with The Washington Post partner WhoRunsGov.com, wrote positively of Obama's choice of Lee for his transition team. "Lee, meanwhile, is highly regarded by liberal bloggers. He wrote the first-ever blog for the House Speaker, and in the closing days of the campaign he did online rapid response for the DNC, helping the Obama camp frame its message outreach to the blogosphere," wrote Sargent on Talking Points Memo.
On February 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced Lee was hired as Online Programs Director for his administration, in a release from the White House Press Secretary of "key White House staff". Part of Lee's duties as White House Online Programs Director include running Whitehouse.gov, and innovating techniques to engage individuals on the Internet. Lee came up with a program called "Open for Ideas", and this led to a town hall meeting in March 2009 where President Obama answered questions that had been submitted online. "I think the online town hall is the coolest thing I've seen come to fruition. I'd like to get to the point where that kind of stuff replaces the comment forums you typically find on government websites," said Lee to the National Journal. In September 2009, Lee posted to the White House blog defending the Obama Administration against criticism from conservative political commentator, Glenn Beck. Lee criticized Beck for what he asserted to be factual inaccuracies, and recommended the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact.com for further information about "Fox lies ... repeated by Glenn Beck and others on the network". Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press wrote that "calling a news networks' assertions 'lies' is unusually confrontational".
Might I suggest one tweak:
M.C. Poppa Ganda
(I’d be surprised if that isn’t already used)
I though it was pretty gay, too.
...the role will focus on spinning negative stories published on left-of-center websites -- or "progressive" blogs as the new job defines them -- not right-wing news outlets.That's what Google already has been doing.
It’s Minitrue. You need to work on your Ingsoc Newspeak.
>>M.C. Poppa Ganda<<
Most excellent. If I may enhance a bit..
>>M.C. Poppa Ganda Go Ballzz
Am I the only one who believes that Rham Emmauel looks just like Goebbels?
I had never thought about that.
Rham Emmauel is an enigma.
How did a Jewish man get involved with slime like run the Dem party now? Surely he understood how the left hated Israel.
Now behind the scenes, he may be used to destroy Obozo and his commie minions. Whatever it takes.
No. And his brother looks like one of the chief Bolsheviks, completely risen from the dead. Both look like mass murderers.
Smart Alec is a bit sensitive.
And Alexrod with a small mustache IS HITLER.
omg..... you’re right.
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels did not start off with total control of the media. The Nazi regime started off slowly, in a series of small steps. They began by retaliating against media outlets that were critical of Nazism. They assigned members of the Nazi party to monitor and “correct misinformation”. They pushed media outlets to begin “self censorship”. Eventually, they exercised complete control over all mass media outlets.
The Obama regime routinely retaliates against media outlets that are critical of them. They refuse to communicate with Fox News. They refuse access to reporters from media outlets they deem critical of them, such as the Boston Globe reporter who was denied access to the President, during a fund raiser in Boston. Now they are assigning members of the White House staff to monitor and “correct misinformation” on left wing internet media sites. The main stream media is already self censoring. They refuse to report on scandals that would damage the Obama regime. A perfect example of this is the Project Gunrunner scandal. ABC has not done a single piece on this story. MSNBC has published a total of three stories on it, all of which were pro Obama and neglected to mention that guns were allowed to cross the border. Most left wing newspapers have not reported on the story at all.
and this had better be paid for by the DNC and not our money.
Why do this anyway when they have Soros who has paid off most media and put pressure on FOX to comply ?
Ministry of Truth
the media for the most part has been paid off by George Soros and that explains why they cover for obama, lie for him and then just ignore facts while attacking the right.
What they did to Palin was disgusting, now they’re looking at Michelle Bachmann and Christie, actually they have gone after Michelle Bachmann.
The media backed by Soros will try and back Ron paul or some other fool in our primary who has no chance of winning and then attack them.
The biggest threat to our country is the media as it is George Soros who has them doing what he wants while he leads obama
No way oabma knows what he is doing, hell he did not even know what year it was today, then there is this http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2008/05/for-obama-a-bright-sunshiny-da.html
then there is the 57 states etc.
he’s thick as a rock but a perfect puppet for Soros and Ayers etc.
I ended up writing to Mr. Lee last night on Twitter and pretty much called him something right out of Orwell’s 1984. I have 2 accounts, one with 43K and one with 3K followers. The profile with 3K was suspended this morning with no reason. I did nothing out of the ordinary to warrant it. Coinkidink? I don’t know. The one with 43K was still going strong in the afternoon today.
We know they have folks either paid off by Soros or paid by the DNC who lurk here and other sites, taking notes.
The Dem voters , not the fools and student idiots would never vote for this dumb fool if they knew the truth but i guess that is why Soros has been paying them off and now we are being tracked.
Maybe you could post on your twitter that you will have a new account soon and then tell them why and what happened to you today.
Be interesting as to what happens then.
Remember the kid who wrote about Bin laden and then got a call from the SS with out his mother being there?
Fancy name for a propaganda minister.... =.=
What will the Propaganda Czarina say about the _resident’s stupidity during his toast to the Queen?
So, it’s news he’s hired a liar? How do we distinguish this one from the others?
OK. The Progressive Jesse Le will be on this story in 3,2,1....
Per Michelle McPhee of Boston, welcome this new taxpayer-funded position the First Amendment Restriction Team: FART.