Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ag Bares Too Little about Porn Emails

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ag Bares Too Little about Porn Emails

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Everything about this email porn scandal out of Harrisburg creeps me out.

Old men working on the taxpayers' dime and emailing photos of naked women and video of sex acts - that's sleazy.

A Democratic attorney general naming only eight top Republicans, though 30 unnamed employees still working in the attorney general's office also have work email accounts containing the images - that's dirty pool.

Discovering that I find myself in agreement with Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the Cranberry Republican whose judgment is generally to the right of Attila the Hun - that may be the most unsettling aspect of all.

"If you have some information that there's a misuse of taxpayer resources and taxpayer time," Mr. Metcalfe said, "then you need to investigate that thoroughly and not just cast aspersions or cast a negative light on eight or so key individuals, to say those individuals are doing it, when it has such a partisan appearance to it."

Bingo. Mr. Metcalfe is absolutely right. Only this time, by "right" I mean "correct."

In a feat of the highest irony, Attorney General Kathleen Kane has made headlines with a porn investigation that leaves far too much to the imagination. Ms. Kane decided to show a little but not a lot, and most of us are left baffled at where she drew the distinctions.

She released the names of the allegedly ogling officials after her office rejected requests from various news outlets under the state's Right-to-Know Law. They sought all emails between and among people employed by the attorney general's office that contain or have links to porn.

The media didn't get to see the emails. But her office brought in reporters, a couple at a time, to view the pornography. I understand the system crashed at one point and they had to reboot it.

Peep shows aren't what they used to be.

Why release the names of some officials and not others? Human resources policies and union agreements restrict such disclosures, the attorney general's office said.

What is the moral distinction between showing the images and not the emails? Why disclose some of what you have but not all of it? Didn't Ms. Kane realize this would look mighty fishy, releasing sordid stuff said to have happened when Tom Corbett was attorney general, while he's seeking re-election as governor? …

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