Both Democrats And Republicans Blame The Messenger When Leaked Emails Are Made Available
from the stop-it dept
Back during the 2016 election, when Wikileaks published John Podesta’s leaked emails, Democrats freaked out and blamed Wikileaks, and even tried to lie about the validity of those emails. Many supporters of the Democratic party, to this day, believe that Wikileaks and/or Julian Assange should face legal consequences for publishing those hacked emails. Of course, Republicans cheered on that effort. Sean Hannity, who back in 2010 was screaming about how Assange was “waging his war against the U.S.” by publishing the leaked documents from Chelsea Manning and demanding that Obama “arrest” Assange, is now seen as one of Assange’s most vocal supporters even having him on his show.
But, of course, when the shoe is on the other foot, things change. Just recently, various news organizations started reporting on shenanigans by top Trump fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, based on a leak of Broidy’s emails. Broidy’s not taking this very well, issuing a subpoena to the Associated Press to try to uncover the news organization’s source for his emails.
No one is saying that it’s okay to hack into someone’e email. But in both cases we’re talking about those who are upset about an email leak going after the organization publishing the details of the leak and blaming the messenger. Just because documents are leaked or hacked or obtained through questionable means, it does not mean that news organizations can’t publish them. Nor does it mean that they have to hand over the details of their sources. But it is worth noting that I don’t see anyone who was screaming about Wikileaks now supporting Broidy’s demands to the AP. Nor do I see those who were defending Wikileaks now defending the Associated Press against Broidy.
It’s almost as if most of the people on either side of this political horse race are determining which news orgs to support based on whose side the revelations help. That’s… bad. We should support a free press and condemn attacks on news organizations when they’re revealing newsworthy leaked information, no matter whether the news helps or hurts “your” side. Treating politics as a “red team” v. “blue team” sport leads to bad outcomes for everyone’s rights.
Filed Under: elliott broidy, emails, john podesta, journalism, julian assange, leaks
Comments on “Both Democrats And Republicans Blame The Messenger When Leaked Emails Are Made Available”
When elites whine about their illegal or unethical stuff getting released, just tell them what they’ve said to us for years;
“If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear”
But it seems that the vast majority of White House leaks since the start of the Trump administration do not pass the "newsworthy" test. So much is just childish name-calling, silly gossip and 3rd-party rumors, often completely uncorroborated (and later retracted) but put out to the public anyway. There’s no longer any difference betweeen the mainstream press and the tabloid press, there’s just so much garbage all the way around.
Re: yellow journalism
Ironically, this is just false.
Re: yellow journalism
Oh, you mean when trump skips out of a meeting with NK it is the same thing as when the incredible frog boy is on the loose again?
Re: Re: yellow journalism
I am quite happy that you know about the frogboy and that I do not.
Of course, my reading list is curated by me. It includes Techdirt.com and others. It does not include tabloids, or anything FOX related.
MSM is dramatically better than the tabloids. You reading bad press about your favorite politicians isn’t on them. It’s on your bad politicians.
Re: Re: Re: yellow journalism
Thank you, but it was Weird Al that brought this frog boy to my attention.
An article blaming both sides… you think Mr. Armchair Anarchist and closet Ajit Pai fanboy is going to finally give it a rest?
Oh man, is it too late for me to make “Mr. Armchair Anarchist” my username?
That’s what Gawker thought too.
There’s a difference between “Hulk Hogan sex tape leaked with so and so.”
And “here’s the tape”.
Yeah, it does almost seem like that, doesn’t it?
No, it depends. Is this leak embarrassing the Republicans or the Democrats? It’s bad if it’s one of them all right, but if it’s the other one, it’s nothing more than the bastards deserve!
I beg to differ. "going after the publisher" in this case would be suing the AP. Once the AP, pro forma, denies Broidy’s request for the source of the emails outside the courts, of course he’s going to issue a subpoena. You would have been more honest to mention Qatar:
Every time I read the badly-pluralized ’emails’, the illusion of respect I so need to have is utterly shattered. Please consider pluralizing ’email’ the same way we pluralize ‘mail’ or ‘traffic’.