White House Launches Health-Care Response Site ‘Reality Check’

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama again took to the Web to spread his message, launching a new section of the White House’s site Monday to counteract some of the criticism of his plans for a national health-care system.

“If you’ve tuned into the news in the past few days, it’s clear that the debate about health-insurance reform has heated up as senators and representatives return to their home states and districts,” writes Macon Phillips, the White House director of new media, on the president’s blog. “A troubling trend has also emerged: as more people become engaged in the issue, defenders of the status quo have responded by muddying the waters with more wild rumors and scare tactics.”

The response is a microsite, called “Reality Check,” similar to “Fight the Smears,” the site Mr. Obama used during his presidential campaign to debunk fast-spreading misinformation. More…