Politics stops at the water’s edge … 2016 style

Rep Trent Franks (R-AZ): “If Russia succeeded in giving the American people information that was accurate, then they merely did what the media should have done.”

I find this disgraceful.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on “Politics stops at the water’s edge … 2016 style”

  1. When Putin decides to stab Trump in the back and dump all of his secrets on WikiLeaks, we will see if the same things are said by Rep. Franks and by people like me. I will think it rather jolly but this will be tempered by the conviction that the dump should have occurred before the election and not after. Enter text right here!

  2. The dump showed nothing but that party politics are party politics, and that John Podesta gets a lot of emails. Anyone trying to portray this as any grand anti-democratic scheme has serious blinders on. Did the Democratic Establishment not want Bernie as their candidate? Of course not! But anyone who thinks that Bernie would have done better than the winner of the election is freaking delusional.

    On the other hand foreign interference in US elections should horrify us all. Franks is abdicating any pretense of patriotism to present this justification for undermining our country. If the shoe were on the other foot we'd be hearing the howling and rage to the moon and back.

  3. Who knew that Trent Franks had such an expansive view of the First Amendment? I don't think the courts have previously ruled that the press is allowed to commit cyber-crime to uncover the truth, but maybe we need a test case. It may also be time to reconsider whether shouting "Fire" in a crowded theater is protected speech. I mean, what if the theater is hosting a hippity-hop musical with ethnic actors playing roles that should be performed by people of limited color? Or a play about AIDS? If the courts don't want to go against precedent, then maybe a good test case would be whether it's okay to shout "He's got a gun, and he looks pretty swarthy to me!"

    Of course, in the present case, the press didn't have to steal the e-mails; Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear, abetted by Wikileaks, did the hard (and possibly illegal, if you're being all persnickety about it) work of purloining them. The good news for the press is that apparently the Russians have also hacked Republicans, so they don't need to do anything illegal. All they need to do is encourage the Russkies and Wikileaks (which may already have the stuff anyway) to release what they've got and let the press take it from there. I'm sure Franks would agree. Sunlight is a good disinfectant, but theft, chicanery and skulduggery are even better.

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