What happened, via The Atlantic:
On Twitter Tuesday night, political operatives and journalists [in D.C. and surrounding area] reported receiving spam texts attacking President Obama. The texts come not from phone numbers but from email addresses, most with mysterious domains: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org. According to Whois.com… those domains were all registered in February, but the registrant’s name is blocked.
Was it legal? Yes, although perhaps not free to the recipient, according to Huffington Post:
The FCC bans unsolicited text messages, but political operatives use a loophole of sending emails to people’s phones. But phone companies interpret them as text messages, and send them along. They also charge the recipient for the unwanted messages if the receiver does not have a text messaging plan.
The messages were all written from a conservative perspective. Here were those on the pro-life issue:
- “Obama denies protection to babies who survive abortions. Obama is just wrong.”
- “ObamaCare funds pro-choice entities like Planned Parenthood. Choose to stop Obama!”
- “Obama is using your tax dollars to fund Planned Parenthood and abortion. Is that right?”
- “Obama believes killing children is a right until the umbilical cord is cut.”
That last text is actually inaccurate. Obama believes mothers have the right to terminate the lives of their children afterthe umbilical cord is cut.
Other messages touched on Obama’s support of homosexual marriage and on raiding Medicare.
I’m not condoning the scheme, but I do think liberal responses were a bit overreactionary….