Wednesday, December 14, 2016

40 out of 9000 members ....

When President Obama took office, he gave journalists great hope by promising unprecedented transparency. The reality has proven to be eight years of slippage in nearly every facet of openness. As the president prepares to leave office, the Society of Professional Journalists have noted the disappointing shortfalls.

Forty journalism and open-government groups sent a letter to White House press secretary Josh Earnest* in September after he called for journalists to give the president credit for improvements in government transparency. The Society of Professional Journalists and other groups have “repeatedly outlined to the administration various ways in which transparency has gotten worse” including:
  • Officials’ blocking reporters’ requests to talk to specific people
  • Excessive delays in answering interview requests, stretching past reporters’ deadlines
  • Refusing to give reporters what should be public information unless they agree not to say who’s speaking
  • Federal agencies’ blackballing of reporters who write critically of them
  • Lack of meaning visual access to the pressmen try an independent press pool

ASIDE : The SBJ membership base is more than 9,000 members of the media.


toadold said...

Now they are complaining. I suspect fear of the possible change in libel laws may be on their minds. I suspect the elimination of the "absence of malice" defense and a loser pays requirement is starting to cause puckerage.

Drew458 said...

Sorry if I'm a 'tard today, but WTH does
"Lack of meaning visual access to the pressmen try an independent press pool"
mean? I think somebody left a few words out maybe? Or maybe a whole paragraph?

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