Separation of Powers? Leave Prez's BlackBerry Out of It

Scrutiny on email deprives executive of key communications tool—though not Congress
By Paul Stinson,  Newser User
Posted Jun 9, 2008 4:28 PM CDT
Former Justice Department White House liaison Monica Goodling is shown here. Goodling's resignation was prompted by the disclosure of emails under threat of congressional subpoena.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The 44th president will almost certainly kick off his term by quitting email cold turkey, Jamie Sneider writes in the Weekly Standard. With executive-branch communication subject to public-disclosure law, President Bush hasn't send a single message, the former White House aide says—a coping mechanism that "fails to strike the right balance."

"While broadcasts of the State of the Union capture many ill-mannered congressmen thumbing through emails on their Blackberries, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been effectively denied this staple of modern political communications," Sneider tut-tuts at legislators who face no such e-scrutiny. Perhaps, he notes, a peek at Rep. William Jefferson's email could have helped explain the $90,000 in his freezer.