Oops! Legal Expert Tells Jamie Colby Fox’s “Breathless” Coverage Of Sestak Is “Much Ado About Nothing”
Reported by Ellen - May 29, 2010 -
A professor specializing in election law visited On The Record last night (5/28/10) and told substitute guest host Jamie Colby that no statutes were broken in the Sestak affair, that the statute Fox News personnel keep obsessively citing, Section 600 of the U.S. Code was not designed to prevent the kind of political deals that might have been made between the White House and Sestak and, for good measure, added, “The coverage on your network sounds pretty breathless. It seems to me that this is really much ado about nothing.”
Guest Rick Hasen told Colby that the statute in question “seems to be a statute that’s really aimed at preventing patronage appointments… I can’t find a case where it’s ever been applied in this way and I think there are some good reasons why it probably shouldn’t be. What we have here really is a political deal… It’s the kind of thing that happens all the time… (It) probably is not what the statute was really designed to prevent.”
Hasen knocked down every suggestion from Colby that something criminal had taken place. But when she asked “what about” “obstruction of justice,” Hasen replied, “You know, the coverage that I’ve seen on your network sounds pretty breathless. It seems to me that this is really much ado about nothing.”
For good measure, Hasen said, “If you look at, say, the polling in Pennsylvania it doesn’t seem like this is an issue that’s really burning on the minds of Pennsylvania voters.”
I fully expect that Hasen’s perspective will be overlooked in the relentless Fox News drumbeat to make a Watergate out of this molehill.