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Keep your 'fishy' tips to yourself

So much for the White House's request for e-mail tips regarding "disinformation about health insurance reform." The "fishy" tips e-mail program has been shut down. The effort itself had become the target of critics such as Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who blasted the idea of asking citizens to turn in one another "for pure political speech" and said it raised the "specter of a data collection program" and a White House "enemies list." You know an administration has lost control of its message when an attempt to fight rumors and fears ends up feeding them.