PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When power politics and power media combust into a major scandal, it becomes a delicious hot potato.

It was no media secret that State Senate leader Buddy Cianfrani of South Philly was playing house in the mid-seventies with the Inquirer’s top political reporter, Laura Foreman.

Finally Philadelphia Magazine blew the whistle and KYW reported the ramifications. It seems that some of Cinafrani’s gifts to Foreman were paid for by the state.

And then there was the matter of her conflict of interest. She headed for the New York Times.

He went to jail on unrelated corruption charges. On his release, the two were married.

When the top Times editor fired Foreman, he famously declared, “I don’t care if my reporters are sleeping with elephants, as long as they don’t cover the circus.”