Monday, December 3, 2007

Using CC Instead of BCC

From last week's Post:

A security meltdown the likes of Three Mile Island hit the ABC News morning tipsheet yesterday. The Note's "Must Reads" e-mail was sent out at 5:30 a.m. to an elite group of what presumably are the touted "Gang of 500" opinion shapers—the people who count in the world of politics and media.

No one, absolutely no one, is told who is on this famous bcc ("blind carbon copy") list. Well, that was the case until yesterday morning.

Despite our constant admonitions to be very, very careful before hitting the "send" button, a young ABC-er hit it—accidentally, we're told.

Not a minute later came the "would-like-to-recall" message, trying to retrieve the five-page list of the e-mail's recipients. Too late.

Now everyone on the list knows who's in the gang and who's not. There are about 524 addresses, but many are duplicates, leaving perhaps a few hundred in the coveted category.

The list includes the usual pols—Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.), Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sue Myrick (R-N.C.)—lobbyists including Tommy Boggs, Dick Armey and Linda Daschle; Hill staffers; campaign types; White House aides; and, of course, many reporters.

Related: "Gossip Columnist Forgets BCC, Angers Anonymous House Staffer on Way to Post."

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