After repeatedly denying that it was sending out unwanted email spam about President Obama’s plans for the healthcare industry, the White House did an abrupt about-face, according to a news report.
White House new media director Macon Phillips wrote a blog post indicating “that independent groups — he didn’t name them — had signed-up their members to receive regular updates about Obama’s projects, priorities and speeches,” the report said. The blog post also said:
Email updates from the White House have played a central role in our effort to push back on misinformation and get the facts out about health insurance reform. These updates will continue to be an important source of information about the President, his priorities and opportunities for public participation.It has come to our attention that some people may have been subscribed to our email lists without their knowledge –- likely as a result of efforts by outside groups of all political stripes -– and we regret any inconvenience caused by receiving an unexpected message. We’re certainly not interested in anyone receiving emails from the White House who don’t want them. That’s one reason why we have never — and will never — add names from a commercial or political list to the White House list.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration quietly dropped its healthcare misinformation snitch line, CBS News reports. Emails to the [email protected] address now bounce back with the message: “The email address you just sent a message to is no longer in service. We are now accepting your feedback about health insurance reform via:http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck”