New Rule for E-mail

There’s a rule of thumb that says, “Never write anything in an e-mail that you wouldn’t want to show up on the front page of the New York Times.”

Well that’s obsolete. It should now be, “Never write anything in an e-mail that you wouldn’t want to show up on the Drudge Report.”

In other words, when they have their hands on a juicy news story, there’s a good chance that the New York Times and other organs of the “mainstream media” won’t run with it or feature it prominently – if that news story is embarrassing to their ideological agenda.

Case in point: Climategate. The treasure trove of embarrassing e-mails hasn’t yet landed on the New York Times’ front page. Instead it’s been buried in its environment or science section.

And as of this writing – 12 days after the story broke – the main TV networks ABC, CBS and NBC apparently still haven’t uttered a peep about Climategate, one of the biggest science and public policy scandals in history.

So writers of juicy e-mails from a left-of-center perspective had better beware: you’re not safe anymore. Though the “mainstream media” may let you off the hook as they’ve done in the past, the “new media” won’t.