President Obama Receives Transparency Award But No Press is There to See It
President Obama received an award for his transparency in government on Monday, but you’d never know it because the press wasn’t there to witness the meeting.
The award was originally supposed to be given to the president two weeks ago, but the White House cancelled the event that day. Not that there was going to be extensive coverage of that meeting either – it was only open to still photographers – but that’s certainly more access than what happened on Monday.
According to the White House, the meeting was the first time open government advocates could remember sitting with a president and discussing government transparency.
Monday’s event was also buried in a busy news day for the President where taped a Univision townhall and gave a major speech on the conflict in Libya. The rescheduled event was also not on his official schedule, but the original one was.
Lucy Dalglish, of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said her group made it clear to Obama that while his efforts have been strong, there remains more that has to be done. “Not only is it important for the president and agency heads to commit to open government, but the message must also make its way down to those in the agencies who actually release the information. Those of us at the meeting committed to working with the White House to ensure that this continues,” Dalglish said.