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White House Shutters Email Tip Box


If you were thinking about writing the White House to report some cockamamie criticism of Obama's plans for health overhaul, you may need to update your address book.

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The Wall Street Journal reports the administration deep-sixed a controversial email account to collect tips on disinformation about health reform.

In a blog post early this month, the White House said the mailbox was established because it just couldn't keep track of all the rumors. "If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov," the post advised.

The Journal writes that congressional Republicans were suspicious about why the administration would want to collect "negative statements made by ordinary Americans" and exactly what the White House planned to do with the info.

We shot an email to flag@whitehouse.gov this morning, just to see what would happen. The bounceback message referred us to the White House's Reality Check Web page:

: host mailhub-wh2.whitehouse.gov[63.161.169.140] said:
550 5.2.1 ... 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 (in
reply to RCPT TO command)

If you hunt around that page, all the way at the bottom you'll find a "contact us" link that will take you to a detailed feedback form. Or you can take this shortcut. Have a blast!

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