The newspaper industry has named this week Sunshine Week to focus attention on the importance of open government and public access to information. The Obama Administration has gotten into the spirit of Sunshine Week with daily posts on the White House blog and the Department of Justice blog, which talk about the importance of transparency and trumpet the Administration’s achievements. President Obama after all promised in the 2008 presidential campaign that his administration would be the most transparent in history.
It hasn’t quite worked out that way. For example, CEI’s Chris Horner has filed multiple ongoing lawsuits to try to force the Administration to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests. The Republican minority staff of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have been having fun with daily posts that chronicle example after example of Obama Administration stonewalling and failures to comply with federal open government laws.
But it’s no longer just a partisan complaint. Glenn Greenwald published a column in London’s Guardian this week headlined, “Obama’s secrecy fixation causing Sunshine Week implosion.” The sub-headline reads, “Even the most loyal establishment Democrats are now harshly denouncing the president for his war on transparency.”