The So-Called Most Transparent Administration
Every now and again, the Washington Post gets one right (emphasis added to highlight the irony)
The Obama administration censored 194 pages of internal e-mails about its Open Government Directive that the AP requested more than one year ago. The December 2009 directive requires every agency to take immediate, specific steps to open their operations up to the public. But the White House Office of Management and Budget blacked-out entire pages of some e-mails between federal employees discussing how to apply the new openness rules, and it blacked-out one e-mail discussing how to respond to AP’s request for information about the transparency directive.
Most transparent administration ever?
The administration refused to release any sought-after materials in more than 1-in-3 information requests, including cases when it couldn’t find records, a person refused to pay for copies or the request was determined to be improper under the law. It refused more often to quickly consider information requests about subjects described as urgent or especially newsworthy. And nearly half the agencies that AP examined took longer – weeks more, in some cases – to give out records last year than during the previous year.
When even the WaPo and the AP write stories like this, one could confidently conclude that the bloom is off the Obama rose.
Hat Tip: PJ Tatler