Google provides free message marketing for Obama?
Does anyone else find this creepy? I hate to call it propaganda, yet. But maybe that's coming.
President Obama answers your questions. Watch the Hangout at 4:50p ET.
This wouldn't be surprising on a Democratic website or whitehouse.gov but it's right on the Google homepage under the search bar. I noticed it there yesterday also.
Why do I think that the same free advertising would not be available with a Republican in the White House? What's even stranger, what if that were not true - Google is only too happy to promote government events, messages, etc.? What if it's not free - how much of our taxpayer dollars went to support this extreme high visible promotion and why? Companies would kill to get that advertising spot.
This is such a marriage of government and business it makes my skin crawl. Will other companies jump on this bandwagon, giving free services to the government? Letting my imagination run away with me for a minute, I can envision a situation where companies are competing to get the latest 'scoop' from the government to put on their website. Only those most favorable to the government will get the stories first - just like the White House does today with access for the press.
Again, I want to be wrong. This is not a slippery slope, just a helpful little promotion of our leader.