Last September, the Obama campaign sent out a text message urging recipients to watch one of the presidential debates on CNN (even though it was airing on every major network). The campaign claimed it was an accident and sent out a revised message shortly thereafter.
Echoes of that incident came back Thursday when the following e-mail, sent out to an unknown list Wednesday by the State Department, was forwarded by a tipster:
From: Centro Inf. y Referencia [mailto:[redacted]@state.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 2:22 PM
Subject: Discurso del Presidente Obama en El Cairo
Les recordamos que el presidente Obama pronunciará su discurso desde la Universidad de El Cairo, el dí de mañana.
La cadena CNN transmitirá este paso trascendental en vivo. Este atento a los acontecimientos!, conectese a CNN desde muy temprano.
Esperamos contar con sus comentarios, saludos cordiales
Translated, it reads:
We would like to remind you of the speech that Pres Obama will deliver today from the University of Cairo.
CNN will transmit this momentous step live. Be aware of this and tune in to CNN early.
We look forward to gaining your feedback, best wishes.
A request to the e-mail's sender asking why the department targeted CNN specifically went unanswered.