Obama Loyalists Block Questions About Blago From Website

Fans flag mentions of ties as 'inappropriate'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2008 5:00 AM CST
In happier times ... Sen. Barack Obama laughs with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich during Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Ill., in 2005.   (AP Photo/Randy Squires )
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(Newser) – Supporters of Barack Obama appear to be doing their best to wipe questions about indicted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from the president-elect's new "Open for Questions" website, Politico reports. The site, designed to allow citizens to submit questions for Obama and vote on one another's questions, allows users to flag queries as inappropriate—and even polite and reasonable Blago queries have been quashed.

"Is Barack Obama aware of any communications in the last six weeks between Blagojevich or anyone representing Blagojevich and any of Obama's top aides?" asked one question removed as "inappropriate." Partisan rigging has been a bugbear for many interactive sites, and the Obama team has so far failed to stop supporters from sanitizing debate on the site.