By Emily Geiger
Imagine if a president (or one of his top advisors, like, say, David Axelrod) sent out unsolicited emails (i.e. spam) from a White House email address in an effort to gain public support for something that was really unpopular, like, say, Obamacare. And then suppose that the president later tried to claim that it was really third party groups who did this.
So many questions come to mind in this scenario. First, (supposing we believe that it was really third parties using David Axelrod’s name and a “whitehouse.gov” domain name without permission) did the White House know that these third parties had access to these email addresses? Did they have permission from the White House to send out such emails from the “whitehouse.gov” domain? If not, what the heck is going on with the White House’s internet security?
And perhaps the biggest question of all… how do you think the liberals would be reacting if the Bush White House did this in an effort to raise public support for the War on Terror?
And then, on top of that, suppose the Bush White House had decided to revoke the government policy that had previously banned government websites from using “cookies” to track your internet usage and preferences.
Why do I have this sneaking suspicion that the liberals would be up in arms if Bush had done this? They flipped out when Bush wanted to be able to tap international phone lines used by known terrorists. Sure, there have been a few outcries from the ACLU over the internet cookie issue, but, for the most part, this barely made a blip on the mainstream media radar.
Oh, and then imagine the hissy fits the liberals would be having if Bush had created a tattle-tale email address so that American citizens could report all of their friends and neighbors who were anti-war to his minions. And then, imagine that, when people started complaining about this solicitation of tattle-taling, the White House said, “Oops, our bad, we’ll get rid of that ‘fishy’ email address,” and then they just went and put a page on their website where you could report your “fishy” friends and neighbors who disagree with the president.
That makes it all better, doesn’t it?
blog comments powered by Disqus