September 18, 2008

Son of Democrat state rep. behind Palin e-mail hacking?

Tennessee State Rep. Mike Kernell confirms that his son is the subject of Internet "rumors" surrounding the hacked e-mail account of Sarah Palin:

Asked whether he or his son, a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, had been contacted by authorities investigating the break-in of Palin's account, he responded:

"Me, no."

As far as his 20-year-old son, David, he said: "I can't say. That doesn't mean he has or hasn't (been contacted by investigators)."

Kernell, D-Memphis, cited the father-son relationship.

He said he had talked to his son today, but that he talks to his son regularly.

He declined further comment.

WTF is "the father-son relationship?" Will that be now used legally much like "attorney-client privilege?" Cripes.

I believe Shirley was first in the DE blogosphere with this breaking news. Fellow DE blogger Mike Mahaffie isn't happy Shirley posted it, even though she clearly stated she's skeptical of the story. (But she wasn't aware of this state rep.'s recent comments noted above, it seems.)

I simply ask: If authorities did not contact Kernell's son, why not simply say so? It's really an easy thing to do. Therefore, I now suspect something, especially given Kernell's swarmy response to really easy, straightforward questions.

UPDATE: I like this question posed by Glenn Reynolds:

Do journalists care about your privacy if you aren't a terrorist? "Here we have an actual invasion of an American citizen's privacy, and what is the press's attitude? If the AP is representative (and given its organizational structure, it should be), it is to regard 'questions about the propriety' of the victim as more important than the invasion of privacy itself." That depends. Had Obama's email been hacked by a Republican, it would be Watergate all over again. . . .

Got that right. And some folks in the DE blogosphere are parroting the AP's "view."

Posted by Hube at September 18, 2008 08:36 PM | TrackBack

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I probably shouldn’t have used the word “skeptical”. From what I was reading yesterday, there is quite a bit of evidence. It is more like I am “cautiously watching” the story as it unfolds. There seems to be no doubt that this kid is a least a “person of interest” and that the FBI is aware and is investigating.

Just as you have a question mark in your post title, I think the MSM and bloggers should take care before jumping to conclusions. The post at Libertarian Republican seemed a little too “DL’ish” for me. LP is a bit of a media ho, if you know what I mean. The kid is under investigation, and has not been found guilty. But dang, there is a lot of stuff out there that points his way.

All of the big-time bloggers are reporting this story now. I sat on it yesterday, watching developments.

I think that in the end it is just a troubled kid, perhaps overly influenced by Messiah Madness, trying to get some attention.

Posted by: Shirley at September 19, 2008 08:13 AM

Shirley is right, about the "Messiah Madness" too, right here on this blog. But back to the issue, certainly Palin's privacy has been invaded, but by whom? The young "person of interest" must be presumed innocent, a presumption that some may wish to override, spurred on by political expediency.

Posted by: Perry Hood at September 19, 2008 08:44 AM

remember the good ole days when kids limmited themselves to tearing down the opponents signs...

those were the days.

Posted by: anoni at September 21, 2008 01:37 PM

Funny that HuffPo isn't covering this at all. If it had been Obama's email, they would have launched a full-scale investigation of their own with a red-banner headline reading "McCain Operative Violates Obama's Civil Rights".

Posted by: Dominique at September 21, 2008 09:14 PM