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    Re: Earnest defends notion of 'most transparent administration' in US history

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I would say Obama is on par with past Administrations on transparency. Nope he did not live up to the promise of being the most transparent administration, not even close IMO.
    I would agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    There's no question that Obama turns out to have a less transparent presidency than Bush-2, however, he too was far less transparent than his predecessors. The real shame in all this is that you and yours failed (or refused) to spot it in the last administration just as good partisan lefties fail/refuse to acknowledge it in the current administration. So, like everything else that's wrong, watch for more and worse in the next administration.
    I think the problem with transparency is the same as the problem with closing Gitmo and other promises he made and never kept. It's easy to stand on the outside and look in and say, "If I were in his shoes I would do everything differently." Then, once you're in his shoes you find that things aren't at all what they seemed from the vantage point of the spectator.

    The problem with judging transparency in one administration as compared to transparency in another is, there is just no way to know what you don't know. And how do you judge the transparency on those issues?

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    Re: Earnest defends notion of 'most transparent administration' in US history

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    I would agree.



    I think the problem with transparency is the same as the problem with closing Gitmo and other promises he made and never kept. It's easy to stand on the outside and look in and say, "If I were in his shoes I would do everything differently." Then, once you're in his shoes you find that things aren't at all what they seemed from the vantage point of the spectator.

    The problem with judging transparency in one administration as compared to transparency in another is, there is just no way to know what you don't know. And how do you judge the transparency on those issues?
    Perhaps you have a point. Partisans however will continue to have 20/20 vision when the opposing party has a president in the WH, and become suddenly myopic when their party has a president in the WH.
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    Re: Earnest defends notion of 'most transparent administration' in US history

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Perhaps you have a point. Partisans however will continue to have 20/20 vision when the opposing party has a president in the WH, and become suddenly myopic when their party has a president in the WH.
    Partisan has nothing to do with it, facts do.

    I would hardly call Jill Abramson as non-partisan and non-liberal (Meet the Times' New Liberal Boss, Jill Abramson, Champion of Anita Hill | Media Research Center), but yet, she has this contribute to the topic:
    No doubt, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is disgruntled. You get that impression from her insistence that she be called “fired New York Times editor” rather than “former.” And, in her prior capacity, you would never have seen her appear on Fox News Channel to criticize President Barack Obama’s administration.

    Nevertheless, speaking in her current capacity – an unencumbered professional journalist with nearly 40 years’ experience and no political axe to grind save for the one reserved for her former employers at the Times – Abramson and Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren confirming that Obama’s is “the most secretive” administration in generations is significant.

    “I’ve never dealt with an administration where more officials, some of whom are actually paid to be the spokesman for various federal agencies, demand that everything be off the record,” Abramson said. “But the most serious thing is the Obama administration has launched eight criminal leak investigations against sources and whistleblowers, and they’ve tried to sweep in journalists.
    Former NY Times editor Jill Abramson confirms to Fox Obama admin ‘most secretive’ « Hot Air

    Seems to be a consensus opinion among the press corp.
    Press groups, prominent journalists and administration critics have all accused President Barack Obama of failing to live up to his commitment to have the "most transparent administration in history." To some, that pledge is now a punch line. But the commitment endures, newly appointed White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in an interview on CNN's "Reliable Sources" on Sunday.

    Earnest said he had seen the letter to Obama signed by more than 40 news media organizations, including the Society of Professional Journalists and National Press Foundation, urging the President and his federal agencies to be more transparent -- to "stop the spin and let the sunshine in."

    In spite of aggressive prosecutions of whistleblowers and other actions, he said that he thought the administration had lived up to it so far -- "absolutely" -- and pointed to the quarterly release of White House visitor records and reporters' access to presidential fundraisers at private homes.

    Press Secretary Earnest can pretend that this is the “normal” working relationship between the press and the President, but it’s just not true. The media has been overly generous with the Obama administration, thanks in large part to their liberal proclivities but even they must have a line.

    Yes, the press and the White House “should” have an antagonistic relationship, but it should be because the press is pushing hard to hold the administration accountable, not because the White House obfuscates, covers-up and lies.
    The Obama administration can pretend that they are “transparent,” but anyone paying the least bit of attention knows the truth, and this is just one more reason that President Obama is considered the worst President since WWII.
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    "more than 40 news media organizations" expressed this opinion in a letter sent to Obama. That'd be quite a consensus in the industry, wouldn't you say?

    So no, the partisanship that you are blaming this on is most certainly NOT the case, and I'd respectfully submit that this assertion of yours that it is, is just pro-Obama spin.
    Disinformation campaign? The Russian collusion meme pushed by the 'news' media, behaving as a political propaganda organ, hell bent to destroy a legitimately elected president to implement his agenda per the votes of the same electorate. Reference The Big Lie Reference Goebbels

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    Re: Earnest defends notion of 'most transparent administration' in US history

    Partisanship is the problem and is what gives presidents from both parties cover, and is the reason we rarely see ANY president held accountable for wrong doing.
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