Friday, August 14, 2009

Fixed News?

As reported by Fox News Channel, some Americans are claiming to have received unsolicited emails from The White House regarding health care reform. FOX News has obtained permission from some who have received these emails, and The White House on Friday said it would review some of the names of recipients to determine how they ended up on the distribution list.

This all seems to have started due to the belief of White House senior adviser David Axelrod that opponents of President Obama's health care reform are relying on tactics including "viral e-mails that fly unchecked and under the radar, spreading all sorts of lies.

"So let's start a chain of e-mail of our own," he said, inviting supporters to forward a message countering claims that Obama's plans would lead to rationing, encourage euthanasia or deplete veterans' health care.But some people who received the e-mails directly from the White House forwarded them to FOX News and asked how they ended up on the list when they've never been in communication with the Obama administration. Some wondered if visiting the White House Web site automatically places them on an e-mail distribution list.

Gibbs has been very evasive of Garrett's questions regarding these emails, and The White House has recently made statements about how "We all have something to lose... if we let cable television come to town hall meetings, and kill health care reform for another year and put the special interests back in charge."

So I'm sorry report to you tonight that Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, and Anderson Cooper will no longer be allowed to broadcast reports from town hall meetings.

1 comment:

Opus #6 said...

Soloman, I have a theory on this. It started several months ago. I would be wandering around the blogs, then 4 or so of my fellow bloggers would all complain at once that they had received emails from Axelrod. If you listen closely to the exchange between Gibbs and the Fox reporter, you will hear the reporter mention Axelrod's name. I bet it is the same list.

My theory is that the White House is combing the blogs and internet for email addresses of their "enemies". The bloggers who received emails all had email links on their profile page. I have never had mine listed, and I have not yet received any Axelrod emails. Perhaps there is email contact info listed on the Fox news webpage that the white house placed onto their list. It is really pretty low to do this, but not out of character.