August 3, 2006

Local papers, AP fishing expedition for dirty laundry a bust.

The Dispatch/Argus, the Quad City Times, and the Associated Press all sued for access to sealed transcripts of the guardianship hearing for Rep. Lane Evans which occured June 9th.

Despite the fact that the details of the agreement were readily available and nothing remained to be known, the news outlets demanded access to court records in an attempt to dig up juicy and damaging medical information on Evans.

The entire thing was distasteful, as Evans is serving out the very tail end of a decades long career and is not running for re-election, yet the papers simply couldn't bear the thought that some juicy and intensely private information which might detail the extent of Rep. Evans' illness might be kept from them.

I hope the effort cost them a lot of money, because they were given access to the transcripts and found...... nothing. No juicy detailed diagnosis, nothing explaining what Evans can and can't do, no titilating personal details, nothing.

Poor things.


At 8/03/2006 5:01 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Right on Dope.

I've never seen them make a good case for why they needed his medical info. If he was running again it would be another issue, but he's done, and I just don't see what there is to gain from it.

At 8/05/2006 8:47 PM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Agreed all. Lane has told us all we need to know and it's his right to go out privately with dignity.

The shameless way the papers scratched at this was a pity. Their hapless lawyer sounded like some hack when I read his silly quotes in the paper about how Lane has to let us see the files.

Let's all hope that the paper got screwed on the lawyer bill bad enough that they will think twice before future smear attempts and stuff that only the National Enquirer would touch as news.


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