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Breaking: Schakowsky Video Suppressed

Morgen on May 6, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Just a quick post to let everyone know that the original video of Jan Schakowsky that I posted on April 27 was removed from YouTube tonight due to a copyright claim. I’ll have a lot more to say about who is behind this in the near future. For now I’ll just say that the motivation for suppressing this seems pretty obvious considering what Schakowsky had to say. Given that 90K+ people viewed the clip online, and millions more saw or heard the clip on the TV or radio, I’d say it’s a little late for damage control.

I would add that it doesn’t seem to be a very smart PR move either considering that the video was embedded on literally hundreds of blogs and web sites around the country, including many, many mainstream news and other media sites. What exactly do they think is going to come to mind for people when they see that it is suddenly no longer available? It’s a public speech by a public official after all.

For now at least, you can see the original clip posted by someone else here:

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And here I thought this was a New Era of Transparency – silly me.

John adds: I’ve already pointed this out in another post, but it’s worth repeating here. This video has had an impact. Rep. Schakowsky had clearly been to the woodshed when she appeared on FOX Business to walk this back. And according to the NY Times yesterday, the clip was circulating on Capitol Hill:

On Monday, some insurers and Republican lawmakers circulated a video clip of a recent speech by Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois, in which she said insurers were right to fear that a public plan option could “put the private insurance industry out of business.”

I don’t think there can be much doubt that this disappeared for political reasons.

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