OK, who gets the credit for this?
Obama’s Effort at Online Transparency Stymied by Internet Trolls
President Obama’s pledge to provide open dialogue on his Web site is being tested by Internet trolls — gangs of activists who try to derail discussions — and now the White House faces unique challenges as it tries to manage the posts without infringing on the right to free speech.
By James Osborne
Monday, April 13, 2009
President Obama’s pledge to open the White House up to the public through online forums faces an irksome challenge: a plague of Internet “trolls” — troublemakers who work to derail cyber-conversations through harassing and inflammatory posts.
The problem became immediately apparent last month when Obama held an online “town hall” forum on the economy and invited the public to post questions on the White House Web site.
Those questions, in turn, were voted on by users to determine which ones the president would answer.
Three and a half million people participated in the event, but the “trolls” had their way: Following a coordinated campaign by marijuana advocates to vote their topic to the top of the list, questions on the future of the U.S. dollar and the rising unemployment rate were superseded by questions about legalizing pot as an economic remedy.
‘cmon, libs, laugh a little! This is just the sort of thing you would have done to Bush had you the chance!
try reading the rest of the story, Ignorance, it goes on to say that 0bama handled the question well.