The White House’s Pesky Friends
Opinions have, predictably, been split about the verbal ping-pong match of Fox News’s Major Garrett and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. On the left, that pushy reporter from the conservative propaganda network was forcing baseless accusations into the public discourse. On the right, he was speaking truth to power.
Well, well, well:
The White House said Sunday night that it will change its e-mail sign-up procedures after some recipients of a health-care e-mail complained that they had not asked to receive updates.
“We are implementing measures to make subscribing to e-mails clearer, including preventing advocacy organizations from signing people up to our lists without their permission when they deliver petition signatures and other messages on individual’s behalf,” spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement Sunday night.
After a few such recipients appeared on Fox News, White House officials determined that advocacy groups on the right or left could have sent in the names without the person knowing it.
It’s possible, I suppose, that right-wing groups have been signing folks up for White House talking-point emails, but it’s also conceivable that this has been a method of merging mailing lists at arm’s length. The latter possibility wouldn’t exactly be out of character for this administration.