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Lest there be any doubt

UPDATED to correct stat in first paragraph. Nearly 500,000 applications came through federal and state exchanges, not just

If anyone doubts that the Obama administration selectively released figures about to its liking—while not releasing others requested by the media and watchdogs, look no further than the Twitter stream. Within minutes of when the Associated Press story broke on Saturday night about nearly 500,000 applications through state and federal exchanges, top White House officials were highlighting it.

While the story says, “The officials did not want to be cited by name and would not discuss the health insurance rollout unless they were granted anonymity,” it’s pretty clear the leak had high-level blessing.

A sampling of the tweets: