Memo to Kathleen Kane supporters: If you aren’t worried, you haven’t been paying attention.
The embattled state attorney general and West Scranton native made headlines Tuesday with a CNN interview about pornographic emails that were exchanged by state officials, including some in the attorney general’s office.
“When I saw them, they literally took my breath away,” Ms. Kane said when describing the images. “They are deplorable: hardcore, graphic, sometimes violent emails that had a string of videos and pictures depicting sometimes children, old women. Some of them involved violent sexual acts against women.”
There’s a lot to work with there, but just about every headline the comment generated was some variation of “KANE SAYS EMAILS INCLUDED CHILD PORN.”
Today, her office is again in damage control mode, saying none of the images actually constituted child pornography. Also, she never explicitly said they did.
Factually, that’s true. Perceptually, it couldn’t ring more false.
While Ms. Kane never said in so many words that the emails included child pornography, her phrasing strongly implies the opposite. This latest press problem might have been averted if the alleged journalist conducting the interview had asked Ms. Kane to elaborate. She wasn’t asked, and didn’t offer to explain.
Write this off as another unfortunate misunderstanding if you like, but you are kidding yourselves if you don’t recognize a former rising star burning up on re-entry.