Can Facts Slow The DNC Breach Runaway Train?
Jeffrey Carr
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The clear reason there’s been such a quick rush by Democratic political operatives like Pelosi and those associated with the Clinton campaign to accuse the Russian government of orchestrating the hack is that it reframes the narrative from a “Crooked Hillary” story that the e-mails tell and that fits right into Trump’s (and Bernie Sanders’) characterization of her and her campaign to a Trump’s-friend-Putin-is-helping-him-undermine-the-American-political-process story that points a vague accusatory finger back at Trump. The revelation of these e-mails (and possibly more on the way) during the DNC is, of course, disastrous, and works very well with the tale Trump wants to tell that “Hillary’s the Establishment, and the Establishment is corrupt, and the process is rigged.” Thus, Hillary & Co. trying to make as much noise as possible about Putin and Russia and Trump’s warm relationship with Putin is a necessary exercise in distracting the public from the substance of the e-mails themselves. To me, the source of the hack is less important than the fact that there’s a clear cyber-security issue here that needs to be addressed, but that issue is also entirely separable from what the e-mails say, and I wish the press wouldn’t conflate these issues as much as it has done.