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White House Restricts Ability to Search Website

With an election on the way and Congressional probes of the administration’s inner workings heating up, the White House has made its website more difficult to search, eliminating features that formerly allowed users to easily hone in on the target of their inquiry.

The newly user-unfriendly White House search function is doubtless an attempt to make conducting research on the site more arduous. Obama’s young, tech-savvy aides are unlikely to have accidentally made a routine but important website feature worse. To the contrary, it took effort and technological know-how to downgrade the search function.

The previous version of White House search allowed visitors to narrow their focus in more than three dozen different ways, including by various types of posts like “pages” or “videos;” issue tags such as “economy,” “foreign policy,” “health care,” or “defense;” and offices within the White House.

The new White House search offers a total of four ways to narrow the search: “Blog posts,” essentially White House propaganda hyping various events and presidential activities; “Press articles,” which appears to include official White House press releases; “videos;” and “photo galleries.”

The old search also allowed filtering of results in typical search function ways, by “relevancy” “title,” “type,” and “author.” And one could also limit the search to Obama’s speeches, the press briefings, or various types of presidential statements and memoranda.

These options are no longer available.

Searchers could formerly choose to get results from the latest entry to the earliest or from the earliest to the most recent, and could narrow the search all the way to the month or date of the post.

Now, searchers can only choose to call up “everything” or limit their search to the past day, week, month or year.

Which is really not what one might have expected from the “openness administration.”

30 Responses to White House Restricts Ability to Search Website

  1. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a d*mn.
    Everything that’s posted on the WhiteHouse web site is just propaganda meant to enhance MrO’s standing and not to provide information on what is really happening.
    Ordinary people are not logging on to view the latest report from some obscure Federal employee’s group think, or to read the transcript of MrsO’s speech to children at a day-care center. No one cares what MrsBiden is doing except MrBiden. It wouldn’t make any difference to the public if they would take this site down or entirely remove the search engines making it a simple press release site.

  2. Open Administration?
    They are the most corrupt group of politicians to ever join together.
    Most are from the Chicago area.
    Dangerous to America.

  3. Thanks Keith. Every move this administration is making is based on political advantage. It’s to their advantage to restrict information availability on the WH website. Maybe they should return the ‘transparency’ award!

  4. PLEASE! STOP! calling it the “Obama White House Press Office”…
    It is now the “Obama White House PROPAGANDA OFFICE”

    Any/All who ‘report’ from the “WH Press/PROPAGANDA Office” should be suspect and not trusted…
    (sorry Keith, just had to say that because your “MSM journalist colleagues” are nothing but a bunch of Obama sycophants )

  5. I have never been to his website, knowing that it is just more of the same b.s….how great he is.. Not…what his family did on vacation…etc…etc. I don’t even listen to his boring speeches, his lies, and his arrogant warnings and predictions. I am not interested in what Joe Robinette, wife, and other cronies are doing either. I am not interested in phony photoshop attempts to cover up the facts. So, they are free to take the website down, change it, restrict it, or whatever. I will get my news from international sources, not propaganda spewed from Obama’s media, followers, etc.

  6. Why would anyone go there in the first place? For the truth that would be the last place to go I guess Obama really believes we are lazy so we wouldn’t
    look anyplace else. Wrong answer Mr Transparency!

  7. Mr. Koffler,
    Is anyone in the “media” ever allowed to mention “Most Transparent White House Ever…” to the Obama administration?
    Whatever happened to that campagin “promise”??

  8. I in no way intend to defend the White House or Obama but would just like to point something out. The old search was powered by Drupal, the content manangement system that the site uses. The new search is powered by Bing. By using Bing they have less control over filtering the search results but since they are leveraging the search algorithms that Bing uses the results should be much more relevant than the ones produced by Drupal.

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