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Daily Kos Takes Aim at Hannity, Shoots Self in Foot

December 1, 2009

Yesterday, the Daily Kos crowd (yes, that Daily Kos) claimed to have caught Sean Hannity in a blatant display of partisan hypocrisy.  Declaring him “against hacking e-mails before he was for it,” they posted video showing Hannity condemning the hackers who broke into Sarah Palin’s personal email account a year ago, compared to a recent Hannity report on the hacked ClimateGate emails, in which Hannity focuses on the emails’ content, rather than the illegal nature in which they were obtained.

Of course, they ignore the fact that personal information from the Palin emails was exploited to harass members of her family, and even the hacker who did it admitted:

I read though the emails… ALL OF THEM… 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 governor…. 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 don’t know about you, but that strikes me as slightly more of a public interest than the Palin kids’ cell phone numbers.

Kos’s point is…what, exactly?  If information enters the public sphere through illicit means, we should pretend it doesn’t exist?  That might be the New York Times’ newly-discovered conviction, but that’s just not gonna cut it.  Nothing in Kos’s brief snippet of “Hannity” indicates that Sean thinks the East Anglia hacker shouldn’t be punished for his crime, and you don’t have to be an advocate of email hacking to recognize the significance of the emails’ contents (besides, it’s not like we didn’t already know that global warming is a bunch of hot air).

In a perfect world, personal information and communications would be secure.  But in a perfect world, respected scientists wouldn’t lie to us, either.  However they were revealed, the ClimateGate emails crystallize several inconvenient truths about one of today’s biggest issues.  The real crime would be closing our eyes to the truth that’s right in front of us.


Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College.  He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    December 1, 2009 3:14 pm

    These leftist propaganda outlet continually expose themselves. There is no need to question their intend any longer.

  2. Paul permalink
    December 1, 2009 4:09 pm

    DailyKos is an idiot. The entire site is completely idiotic. If you can’t see the difference between trillions and trillions of dollars being spent compared to personal emails (who the one did it said it was everything normal), then you should see a witch doctor, soothsayer, or psychiatrist, or shock therapist. The East Anglia hacking showed the scientists there were lieing to the ENTIRE world about a massive thing in the world. Phil Jones (I believe) was the only who created the hockey stick method. Which showed a massive jump in the past 400-500 years. Funny, the industrial revolution didn’t starting until the mid-late 1800s (for those who don’t know, that is about 120 years ago, not 400 or 500). For those who think the DailyKos has a “point”. Answer me this one question. What is more important, spending trillions and trillions on a Cap and Trade bill (trillions and trillions of your money), or anti-climactic emails from a politician? You would never see this happen to an actual strong Democrat. A Vice Presidential Pick. Not to Edwards, Biden, Lieberman, Gore, Bensten, Ferraro, Mondale. Show me the Democratic Vice Presidential Pick who’s e-mails were hacked. Show me one. Can ya? Nope, not one.

  3. December 1, 2009 5:26 pm

    Playing the Left’s moral equivalence game is often a worthless exercise in futility. Sometimes it’s best to move on with a simple, “Yeah, so what?” I’d like to think that’s what Cadet James T. Kirk said when he got busted for beating the Starfleet Academy Kobayashi Maru test. (apologies for the ubernerd reference.)

    • December 1, 2009 7:12 pm

      No apologies necessary for nerdiness! 😉

  4. December 1, 2009 6:05 pm

    Daily Kos makes our job so much easier.They pull down their own pants and expose themselves.


    You could Not invent dumber people.

  5. Sam Deakins permalink
    December 2, 2009 3:33 am

    The “hacker” or “leaker” of the ClimateGate files shud be protected by Whistle Blower Laws in my opinion. If leaks of information from a Whistle Blower can convict RJR and other cigarette manufacturers then the same can be applied to the Climate Hoax manufacturers.

  6. WestWright permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:22 am

    I thought that the Climate Fraud info was sent earlier to a BBC reporter who conveniently ignored it…IOWs this is very likely not a “hacker” but an insider that became a “leaker” of the ClimateGate files for the right reasons. This person should be called a “Whistle Blower” and awarded with the Medal of Freedom, the anti-Noble Prize.

  7. j c original permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:43 am

    He’s one far-left greek with a diseased mind that will always step in quicksand. As long as George S is paying him, what does he care about the country.
    I live around a lot a ethnic’s and most of them do not have a herd mentality, which is a blessing

  8. politicalmoxie permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:41 am

    @ j c original

    I love saying/writing this over and over…

    George Soros…The top of a friends “I’m giving a party when they die” list…

  9. December 2, 2009 10:03 am

    But this is what happens when “relativism” rules. All things are equal. This is why PETA can so easily claim eating meat is equal to the systematic murder of 6 million Jews. Revealing personal inanities are to be judged exactly the same as a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the world economy based on a hoax. Six of one, half dozen of the other, don’tcha know.

  10. SanePerson permalink
    December 2, 2009 10:49 am

    They’re grasping at straws but many will fall for this pathetic comparison.

    P.S. My mom is from Fond du Lac.

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