WH Media Director, Macon Phillips denounces wingnut fear mongering and conspiracy theories
Fox News is still all over this bizarre story:
The White House is blaming the controversy over its Web site and mass e-mails on viral rumors, “fear-mongering” and “sinister conspiracy theories” even as it acknowledges problems with its online practices.
After confirming to FOX News over the weekend that third-party groups could be responsible for official White House e-mails that have been sent to people who never signed up for them, President Obama’s new media director took to the official White House blog to “clear up” the confusion.
In a posting Monday night, Macon Phillips again pointed the finger at “outside groups of all political stripes” but downplayed the backlash over the unwanted e-mails.
“An ironic development is that the launch of an online program meant to provide facts about health insurance reform has itself become the target of fear-mongering and online rumors that are the tactics of choice for the defenders of the status quo,” he wrote. “Despite reports by some bloggers and others in the media that have invoked a variety of sinister conspiracy theories, more people signed up for updates last week than during the entire month of July.”
Speaking of status quos, if it wasn’t for Major Garrett’s “fear mongering”, I guess the White House would still be spamming people who never signed up for WH emails, and that would be just hunky-dory, I guess.
You know what a really ironic development is? The “online program meant to provide facts about health insurance reform” is actually a propaganda site that steers you away from the truth.
By the way, is it a sinister conspiracy theory to note that the WH snitch site hasn’t been eliminated, it’s just changed homes?:
To better understand what new misinformation is bubbling up online or in other venues, we want your suggestions about topics to address through the Reality Check site. To consolidate the process, the email address set up last week for this same purpose is now closed and all feedback should be sent through: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/contact
I wonder what sort of “sinister conspiracy theories” the left would have come up with had President Bush done anything like this.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers