MADISON, Wis. — You could almost feel the heartbreak from the mainstream media following the latest John Doe document dump Friday.

After Milwaukee County released the “initial 14 GB (gigabytes)” of materials and documents related to the lengthy and secret investigation into former aides and associates of Gov. Scott Walker when Walker served as Milwaukee County executive, news organizations across the state began salivating at the prospects.

But there didn’t seem to be any “gotcha” moments, no sensational or embarrassing correspondences from Walker or his staff, and certainly no smoking gun that might have validated a nearly three-year investigation that ostensibly began with allegations of theft and ended with six mostly disconnected convictions.