Quote of the Day: If American people learned truthful info from the hacking, that’s ‘terrific’

Quote of the Day: If American people learned truthful info from the hacking, that’s ‘terrific’
Dana Rohrabacher (Image: YouTube screen grab via MSNBC)

The words, or at least a shorthand version  of them, are those of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher , a Republican from California. Interestingly, the words appear in the headline of an article that ran Friday at the CNN website, which reads: “GOP congressman on Russian hacking: ‘Terrific’ that voters got more truthful information.”

I say interestingly, because the sentiment gets short shrift in the article, which spends far more time attempting to debunk Rohrabacher’s claim that “the CIA and the FBI disagree as to who the hackers are” — to “whether they’re Russian.” The problem with trying to prove the congressman wrong is that the investigation is ongoing and the opinions of the various intelligence agencies on the source of the hacking remain fluid. Yes, as of Friday, there seemed to be consensus that it was the Russians, but four days earlier, the CIA and FBI were not on the same page.

But even more important is author Chris Massie’s failure to react to the Rohrabacher quote in his own article’s title. He even provides a fuller version of it about two thirds of the way into the piece, but still makes no attempt at rebutting it.

It was truthful and in fact, whoever the hackers were, who could’ve been our hackers or Russian hackers or whoever, they were doing more investigative journalism into the corruption and arrogance of the liberal Democratic campaign for president than any of the national media, who were just hellbent to try to destroy Don [sic] Trump. That’s all they focused on.

Perhaps the reason the CNN writer leaves the claim alone is that it’s unimpeachable. Whichever side of the ideological spectrum you come down on, it’s hard to argue that the American electorate wasn’t better served by learning some of the unsavory details about Hillary Clinton and her campaign made available by WikiLeaks. It’s also hard to argue that the mainstream media would have done the same digging left to its own devices. They certainly went to work on the Trump campaign, possibly with the help of Team Clinton, leaking an illegally obtained tax document showing that the GOP candidate might have avoided taxes for nearly two decades.

This is in no way meant to suggest that it’s OK when foreign governments or any other entity hacks our elections. Keeping elections honest is something conservatives have championed for years, which is why a number of states with Republican legislatures haved passed voter ID laws.

But if the Left is genuinely interested in putting an end to “fake news,” a starting point would be for the mainstream media to start reporting the real news, even when it’s unflattering to a politician or policy they support.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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