Nazi Germany had a Minister of Propaganda, the infamous Joseph Goebbels. His full title was Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda (Volksaufklärung und Propaganda).
Meet Jesse Lee, Obama’s propaganda minister, whose formal title is Director of Progressive Media and Online Response.
A week ago, on May 23, 2011, the White House appointed 31-year-old Jesse Lee to the newly created position “to help maintain the President’s online presence as he prepares for his 2012 Presidential reelection bid.”
Clearly, Lee means to be Obama’s Rottweiler because his first tweet about his new position included a picture of the demonic red-eyed cyborg assassin, the Terminator.
Formerly Obama’s Online Programs Director, Lee’s new duties as
Director of Progressive Media and Online Response Propaganda Minister include “dealing with negative or factually incorrect stories about Obama” — a task formerly handled by the Democratic National Committee’s rapid response team.
Lee even has his own webpage on WhiteHouse.gov.
Lee is experienced with the Internet. As Obama’s Online Programs Director, appointed February 23, 2009, Lee ran the Whitehouse.gov website and innovated techniques to engage individuals on the Internet. Before that, he was hired to do Internet work for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in 2003; worked in their online division from 2004 to 2006; was Senior New Media Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the 110th Congress; performed online response for the DNC during the 2008 presidential election; and did online outreach in the New Media department of Obama’s presidential transition team.
In September 2009, Lee defended Obama against criticism from Glenn Beck by claiming that Beck and Fox News lie. At the time, Jim Kuhnhenn of the Associated Press noted that “calling a news networks’ assertions ‘lies’ is unusually confrontational”.
That modus operandus is a harbinger of Jesse Lee, the propaganda minister. As Paul Joseph Watson of Prison Planet.com writes on May 24, 2011, “White House Hires ‘Terminator’ To ‘Squash Negative Stories’ About Obama“:
In a bid to ‘squash negative stories’ about Barack Obama that appear on the Internet, the White House has hired a dedicated propagandist whose role will be to savage people who tell “lies” about the President, in a chilling reminder of how prosecutors threatened people with jail time during the 2008 campaign if they criticized Obama.
“The Obama administration has created and staffed a new position tucked inside their communications shop for helping coordinate rapid response to unfavorable stories and fostering and improving relations with the progressive online community,” reports the Huffington Post.
The man tasked with the role of “disseminating push back” against Obama’s online critics by direct order of the White House will be Jesse Lee, a blogger who has previously put out White House spin in response to claims made by Glenn Beck.
“The post is a new one for this White House. Rapid response has been the purview of the Democratic National Committee (and will continue to be). Lee’s hire, however, suggests that a portion of it will now be handled from within the administration. It also signals that the White House will be adopting a more aggressive engagement in the online world in the months ahead.”
[…] “If you’re going to post something online about Obama that isn’t true, Lee is going to be the one to handle you,” reports Chris O’Shea, noting that the move is about “squashing any negative stories” that could derail Obama’s re-election bid.
Lee obviously sees himself taking the role of ‘Terminator’ in destroying ‘conspiracies’ and ‘disinformation’ about the Obama 2012 campaign, similar to how Obama-supporting prosecutors and sheriffs in Missouri threatened people with jail time for telling “lies” about Obama during the 2008 campaign. News agencies in Pennsylvania and Ohio were also sent threatening letters demanding they stop airing ads exposing Obama’s anti-gun stance.
This has nothing to do with circulating “lies” about Obama, this is about intimidating, silencing and smearing anyone who dares tell the truth about Obama’s record or his highly dubious personal history.