I saw this over at The Mothership and it gets my blood boiling. In keeping with the journalistic standards of the moronosphere, we will not provide a link to Excitable Andi, but that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss his stupidity.
Andi has repeatedly emailed the McCain campaign for a refutation of the scurrilous smear that Trig Palin is actually Bristol’s son, and not Sarah’s. Now, it isn’t the responsibility of the campaign to spend its time answering every crackpot. But Goldfarb, of the McCain campaign forwarded the emails to Howard Kurtz, presumably to show just what kind of junk they have to put up with.
Andi is now complaining that this is a breach of his privacy, and that Kurtz violated journalistic ethics by publishing them. This is a complaint coming from a guy who linked to the hacked Palin emails.
In addition to the double standard chutzpah shown, Andi is trying to reach an entirely new level of “having your cake and eating it too.”
In effect, Andi is arguing that when he sends an email to a campaign, any answer the campaign may give would be on the record, but his email asking for information is somehow privileged. With that much irony running around, I’m amazed Andrew Sullivan doesn’t rust.