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Some complain over lack of transparency at the State Department

Posted by iusbvision on March 24, 2009

Barack Obama promised more transparency over and over and over again in the campaign and has all but waged a war against more transparency in practice as we have been reporting in the following five links (1, 2, 3, 4, 5,).

The latest in this lack of transparency comes from the State Department.

Politico:

The incident’s aftermath was one in a series that roiled the State Department press corps as it adjusts to a new administration whose tendencies – in this one area – are more restrictive than its predecessors. This may not be by accident: One government official said State and the White House have been discussing reducing the amount of information the State Department releases about the secretary’s words and meetings, which by long tradition is more expansive than what’s released by some other agencies.

Reporters who deal with the State Department wouldn’t voice their complaints on the record. Those who spoke on background said they had enjoyed what they saw as excellent access to Clinton during a previous trip to Asia.

But the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler let some of the dissatisfaction show on his blog during the trip to Europe and the Middle East.

He reported from Sharm el-Sheikh that Clinton was the first secretary of state in seven years not to brief reporters at the beginning of a trip. “We got off the plane, wordless. This was a big deal for the press corps,” he wrote.

Kessler declined to comment and referred to his blog items, but others on the trip said they blamed Reines, who remains the press corps’ main point of informal contact for Clinton, for the tightening of information and access.

This is not a huge surprise since the gaffes and mistakes from the State Department in regards to Russia, Poland, and the insulting treatment that the British PM and delegation received have left the administration trying to lessen the PR damage coming from the State Department, but it violates this campaign promise yet again and is worthy of note.

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