Yesterday, the Daily Kos crowd (yes, that Daily Kos) claimed to have caught Sean Hannity in a blatant display of partisan hypocrisy.Â Declaring him â€œagainst hacking e-mails before he was for it,â€ they posted video showing Hannity condemning the hackers who broke into Sarah Palinâ€™s personal email account a year ago, compared to a recent Hannity report on the hacked ClimateGate emails, in which Hannity focuses on the emailsâ€™ content, rather than the illegal nature in which they were obtained.
I read though the emailsâ€¦ ALL OF THEMâ€¦ before I posted, and what I concluded was anticlimactic, there was nothing there, nothing incriminating, nothing that would derail her campaign as I had hoped, all I saw was personal stuff, some clerical stuff from when she was governorâ€¦. And pictures of her family.
ClimateGate, on the other hand, is a matter of prominent, influential scientists conspiring to destroy documents sought under Freedom of Information Act requests, displaying a less-than-stellar commitment to the scientific method, and showing far less certainty in private than their public facades would indicate, all in the service of a purported environmental crisis advocated as a pretext to assume even greater government control over the private sector.
I donâ€™t know about you, but that strikes me as slightly more of a public interest than the Palin kidsâ€™ cell phone numbers.
Kosâ€™s point isâ€¦what, exactly?Â If information enters the public sphere through illicit means, we should pretend it doesnâ€™t exist?Â That might be the New York Timesâ€™ newly-discovered conviction, but thatâ€™s just not gonna cut it.Â Nothing in Kosâ€™s brief snippet of â€œHannityâ€ indicates that Sean thinks the East Anglia hacker shouldnâ€™t be punished for his crime, and you donâ€™t have to be an advocate of email hacking to recognize the significance of the emailsâ€™ contents (besides, itâ€™s not like we didnâ€™t already know that global warming is a bunch of hot air).
In a perfect world, personal information and communications would be secure.Â But in a perfect world, respected scientists wouldnâ€™t lie to us, either.Â However they were revealed, the ClimateGate emails crystallize several inconvenient truths about one of todayâ€™s biggest issues.Â The real crime would be closing our eyes to the truth thatâ€™s right in front of us.