What About the Other Video Sharing Sites?
Last week, we criticized the Obama administration (and others like Allen Stern and Chris Soghoian have done so before us) for giving preferential treatment to Google. While the technology at the White House is apparently not quite up to par, the federal government in the U.S. should be able to stream videos through its own service at this point without making YouTube its default online video service.
We more than appreciate the fact that the Obama administration is trying to be far more transparent and open than any of its predecessors. However, giving a commercial entity this special treatment simply doesn't feel right.
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