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Can too much transparency be a bad thing? (re: Alaska Governor Parnell Admin. texting)

English: A crowd gathers around a temporary st...
English: A crowd gathers around a temporary stage at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, Alaska, as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin resigns her office and Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is sworn into office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 12:00am

By Rich Moniak

“Ex-Parnell official says governor’s office uses text messages to avoid disclosure” read a headline in the Anchorage Daily News last week. It had the makings of a scandal. However, the governor’s office denied the accusation. And almost every other news source in the state ignored the story. It may be that they trusted our governor’s response. Or perhaps they’ve been sensitized by the great transparency chase into former Governor Sarah Palin’s private email account.

The source for the Daily News article was Russ Kelly, a former associate director of Parnell’s office in Washington, D.C. Last year he sent an email.....