Thursday, September 18, 2008

Destroy the Palin emails? It ain't gonna happen

I pretty much agree with Steve Outing's take on the Sarah Palin email theft thing. First, it shouldn't have happened. Digging into someone else's email is the wrong thing to do.

But what gets Steve is the McCain campaign's reaction to it. Rick Davis, a McCain spokesperson has asked that anyone who has these emails should destroy them.

Steve says, "Get real."

Perhaps they still use typewriters over at McCain campaign HQ. Davis must be thinking we still live back in the day when the news media could be persuaded to squelch something like this. If the media decided to hold back (because, after all, this was an illegal act committed by someone, and old media probably wouldn’t touch a story that’s so ethically and legally challenged), then the public wouldn’t see the e-mails.

Sorry, Mr. Davis, but we don’t live in that era anymore.

Steve wisely advises the McCain advisers to deal with what the emails say -- and the fact that Palin was using her Yahoo account to conduct public business.

The toothpaste isn't going back into the tube.

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