RTDNA calls for transparency question at debates

September 20, 2016 02:00

RTDNA, the Society of Professional Journalists and other journalism and open government groups are calling on presidential debate modertators to include a question about open government in the upcoming presidential debates.

Journalists Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz will moderate an upcoming presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 9. As the debate’s moderators, Cooper and Raddatz are charged by the Commission on Presidential Debates to ask about topics of broad public interest “as reflected in social media and other sources.
 
Twenty-six organizations that represent many working U.S. journalists ask Cooper and Raddatz to fulfill their roles as watchdogs by challenging each candidate to answer the following question:
 
What steps do you believe are necessary and what policies would you implement to guarantee and advance public access to government information and sources?
 
The groups are asking the public to also persuade Cooper and Raddatz to ask this question by Tweeting at them by clicking on the buttons on the OpenOurGov web page.
 
The question was crafted with help from the American Society of News Editors and OpenTheGovernment.org’s comprehensive questionnaire for federal candidates on open government issues.
 
For more information, email contact@openourgov.org.