AARON SORKIN AND SONY WANT MEDIA TO STOP COVERING THE HACKED EMAILS
Sony and Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin are calling out the media for their involvement in the email hacking. Both have issued statements placing blame on news outlets for reporting on the leaked emails and giving the hackers legitimacy.
Aaron wrote in the New York Times, “As a screenwriter in Hollywood who’s only two generations removed from probably being blacklisted, I’m not crazy about Americans calling other Americans un-American, so let’s just say that every news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace — the group claiming responsibility for the hack — is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable. And because I and two movies of mine get a little dinged up, I feel I have the credibility to say this: I don’t care. Because the minor insults that were revealed are such small potatoes compared to the fact that they were revealed. Not by the hackers, but by American journalists helping them.”
He goes on to write, “I understand that news outlets routinely use stolen information. That’s how we got the Pentagon Papers, to use an oft-used argument. But there is nothing in these documents remotely rising to the level of public interest of the information found in the Pentagon Papers. Do the emails contain any information about Sony breaking the law? No. Misleading the public? No. Acting in direct harm to customers, the way the tobacco companies or Enron did? No. Is there even one sentence in one private email that was stolen that even hints at wrongdoing of any kind? Anything that can help, inform or protect anyone?”
Sorkin ends by writing, “I know there’s juicy stuff in the emails and I know some of us have been insulted and I know there’s more to come. No one’s private life can totally withstand public scrutiny. But this is much bigger than hurt feelings and banged-up egos. If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are doing it for a cause. The press is doing it for a nickel.”
- David Boies, an attorney for Sony, sent letters to news outlets who have been reporting on the emails requesting they stop covering the material in the emails and destroy whatever unlawfully obtained documents in their possession.