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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Governor Denny Green

I think this case is awesome. The governor of Maryland decided not to talk to two Baltimore Sun reporters, and ordered those serving in his administration not to talk to them as well, because of what he believed was biased coverage. I'm all for freedom of the press. Had the governor tried to shut down the paper, get the reporters fired, etc, because of negative coverage, I'd be a lot more upset. But I do think the press in this country feels a vast entitlement to talk to whoever they want, whenever they want, no matter what they say about this person. I do see that this could be a slippery slope, with administrations using its power to shut people out of the loop to get good coverage. Only problem is, that happens now in every other walk of life. Football coaches and players, for example, frequently give the best interviews to those that are most favorable (which is why Sid still has a job). I know the government is "more important" and we need to inform people of what's going on. I don't think the press realizes that they don't have the monopoly anymore. If I want to find out what's going on in a given state, I can find out fairly easily, without having to go to any newspapers.


When did the Republican party officially abandon the idea that transparency in government is a good thing? Was there a vote taken or something? It's noteworthy that one of the two "reporters" that Ehrlich decided was biased is an opinion writer. I have a problem with a governor deciding that no one in his administration may talk to an opinion writer whose opinions he doesn't like. However, I think this an issue that should be resolved politically and without the involvement of the courts. Ehrlich sucks and I can't wait until O'Malley hands him his walking papers.

Anyway, here's the link you want:

that'll get you started.
Again, which politicians are asking for more transparency in government, or, which politicians in power ask for transparency in government? I don't think this is an example of the government trying to muddy the waters. I do think that this is an example of a governor disliking some people in the press and not giving them stories. And the press has no particular right to get specific interviews. The press is a business, not a civic institution.
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