Nice little dust-up yesterday between Fox’s Major Garrett and WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs over unsolicited emails from 1600’s David Axelrod asking for support for Obama’s Health Care Plan…
Yup, yup, yup… There is a list that Gibbs can check… No wait! Umm… Err… He had to move on to something more constructive.
And so it goes. Thoughts…
- I for one don’t want my name on a government spam list. Then again, I’ll probably never hear from them because I sent in an FOIA request to obtain the transcripts concerning the infamous NYC flyover. They never contacted me on that one either.
- If the government is tracking email addresses, what else is it tracking?
- Does the government destroy or ignore emails (like my FOIA request) because they come from persona non grata? I believe that’s against the law.
- Did I hear Gibbs say the phrase that he didn’t want to let Garrett suggest that someone was “Violating the law”?!? So is there is a list of “friendlies” (recipients of the Axelrod email) and “enemies”? And if so, does that imply perceived unlawful behavior by 1600?
So maybe we need another law – a “No Government Spam” law, or perhaps a “Leave the Emails Alone” law. But then again, the “Do Not Call” database was a complete flop, as far as I can see… just like other government-run entities (can you say “Amtrack”? Or “USPS”? Of course you can!)
Or maybe we just need to look a lot deeper into this, and find out what’s really happening.