Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bad day to be an intern at the City Attorney's Office

Some unfortunate peon has to clean out Mitch Landrieu's Gmail "Promotions" tab now.
The mayor’s use of a private email account for city business was revealed earlier this week by The New Orleans Advocate and other media outlets that verified its existence through public-records requests.

Landrieu’s office nevertheless insists that the mayor has followed the letter of the law.

“Although the mayor has fully and consistently complied with all public records laws since taking office, Mayor Landrieu will discontinue using his Gmail for work purposes, and all staff have been instructed to contact him through his .gov email account,” Landrieu spokesman Brad Howard said in an emailed statement. “The City Attorney’s Office will be granted access to his Gmail account and will review and archive all work-related emails.”
Meanwhile, the staff is going back to Snapchat.

Anyway, if you want to send a private message to a public official, it's probably best not to use the internet at all.  One thing you definitely do not want to do is tweet at the President.
After Barack Obama belatedly joined Twitter on Monday — in his official, presidential capacity — dozens of Twitter denizens began tweeting him sex jokes, threats and other unprintable inanities. (We counted nearly 500 tweets dropping f-bombs at POTUS in the past day.)

But the joke’s actually on them: Not only does the Secret Service already monitor Twitter for threats, but the White House is archiving each and every thing @POTUS tweeters say.
Fifty years from now historians will finally have access to the unsealed Secret Service files on people who tweeted to @POTUS during the Obama years.  If you start today, and are diligent about it, maybe one of them will notice your personal journal preserved there for posterity.  Maybe you'll end up as a chapter in the book.  Worth a shot, right? What else do you have to do?

At least nobody has to sift through the mayor's tweets. (Not yet, anyway. Maybe it'll come to that in court.) Probably not much there besides pictures of potholes. 

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