WH responds to RTDNA, media orgs

August 11, 2014 03:00

On July 8, 2014, RTDNA and dozens of other media organizations sent a letter to the White House, urging President Obama to take steps toward the greater transparency and open government principle on which he campaigned.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded, saying the Obama Administration has made progress to expand access for reporters, protect whistleblowers, streamline FOIA requests and disclose previously classified information. He detailed a list of accomplishments, including being recognized for transparency by the organizers of Sunshine Week for improvements to the FOIA process, increasing access to fundraisers and releasing information about White House visitors.

Earnest goes on to say that while he believes the President has set an "historically high standard of transparency," he does not expect journalists to be satisfied. Rather, he expects journalists will continue to advocate for more access and greater transparency, and promised to continue working with the news media.

“While we appreciate the response from the White House, RTDNA continues to be very concerned about the many other situations that continue to arise in which reporters and the public are denied access to important events, information and documents involving our government and its agencies," said RTDNA Executive Director Mike Cavender. "What would be helpful is if the White House would sit and meet with us, as we requested, so we could talk about these issues face-to-face.”

You can read the complete letter here.


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