The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama’s promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet.

That is the opening para of an article in the Washington Times, that would be all over every paper and TV news station in the country, with commentators waxing outraged over the Stalinist tactics being employed where there but a Republican in the WHite House. As it is, they’ll yawn, harumph once or twice and move on.

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