I really do try to be obective in my thouhgts, which is admitedly a tough thing to do in this hyper-partisan age.
Often when fellow liberal get mad about an issue or a budding controversy, I step back and replace partisan person or party we’re talking about with an opposite partisan person or party. (Hey, I am in bizarro world after all)
If I’m still outaged, then I feel “objectively” that it’s a real outrage.
Which brings me to this piece of news and I have to ask the conseratives on this site…if this were a Clinton Whitehouse, how would you react?
In fact, allow me to rewrite this story a little and see how you would react:
The Clinton White House said Wednesday it had mishandled Democratic Party-sponsored e-mail accounts used by nearly two dozen presidential aides, resulting in the loss of an undetermined number of e-mails concerning official White House business.
Republican Congressional investigators looking into the administration’s firing of eight White House Travel employees already had the nongovernmental e-mail accounts in their sights because some White House aides used them to help plan the Travel employees ouster. Republicans were questioning whether the use of the Democratic Party-provided e-mail accounts was proof that the firings were political.
Republicans also have been asking if White House officials are purposely conducting sensitive official presidential business via nongovernmental accounts to get around a law requiring preservation — and eventual disclosure — of presidential records. The announcement of the lost e-mails — a rare admission of error from the Clinton White House at a delicate time for the administration’s relations with Republican controlled Capitol Hill — gave new fodder for inquiry on this front.
The Democratioc National Committee set up the accounts for about 20 Clinton aides, such as James Carvel and his deputies, who get involved in politics, spokesman Scott Stanzel said. Having the DNC create non-White House addresses and provide separate BlackBerries, laptops and other communications gear was designed to avoid running afoul of Hatch Act rules barring federal employees from engaging in political activities with government resources or on government time, he said.
“This is entirely appropriate,” Stanzel said of the Clinton White House practice.
He said staffers used their DNC accounts instead of White House accounts to discuss the travel employee issue or conduct other official business for several reasons, including extra caution about complying with the Hatch Act as well as the convenience of using one account instead of several. Stanzel said he could not speak to whether anyone was intentionally trying to avoid White House archiving because he had not spoken to all those involved.
Stanzel said some e-mails have been lost because the White House lacked clear policies on complying with Presidential Records Act requirements.
Before 2004, for instance, e-mails to and from the accounts were typically automatically deleted every 30 days along with all other DNC e-mails. Even though that was changed in 2004, so that the White House staffers with those accounts were excluded from the DNC’s automatic deletion policy, some of their e-mails were lost anyway when individual aides deleted their own files, Stanzel said.
He could not say what had been lost, and said the White House is working to recover as many as they can. The White House has now shut off employees’ ability to delete e-mails on the separate accounts, and is briefing staffers on how to better make determinations about when — and when not — to use them, Stanzel said
Hmm..how would you react to that story?