Does Democracy Require that Politicians Accidentally Email Reporters?

There's an ethical quandary that keeps us up at night here at ReplyToSome headquarters. What if all politicians start using ReplyToSome and never accidentally send emails to reporters? Would democracy suffer? 

As Gawker reports, there have been a number of recent leaks caused by such misdirected emails:

  • Last week, Donald Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks accidentally informed reporter Marc Caputo about campaign strategy.
  • In July 2014, the White House accidentally leaked talking points about a yet-unreleased report on torture.
  • In November 2014, the World Health Organization accidentally told a reporter she had been blacklisted.
  • In May 2015, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio accidentally copied a New York Times reporter on an email about subway delays.
  • In January 2014, the Navy accidentally forwarded an email to a reporter describing their attempts to avoid turning over information requested by that reporter under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • In June 2015, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development accidentally emailed reporters a record of how they were tracking press inquiries.

At ReplyToSome, we do eventually get to sleep by assuring ourselves that even if politicians never make mistakes over email, they would still have plenty of opportunities to reveal embarrassing private conversations. On Twitter, for example.

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