The Justice Department has announced a series of meetings with key media figures to talk through possible reforms to guidelines on the government’s approach to snooping on journalists in leak cases. These meetings are to proceed on an off-the-record basis, meaning:
1) No access for the general public; and
2) Media folks in attendance cannot quote Attorney General Eric Holder and others.
How do those rules jibe with the ideals of the Obama administration? Have a look at this artifact from 2009, when President Obama was President-elect Obama. Among the high standards of transparency for his government was this:
Conduct Regulatory Agency Business in Public: Obama will require his appointees who lead the executive branch departments and rulemaking agencies to conduct the significant business of the agency in public, so that any citizen can see these debates in person or watch them on the internet.
What a great idea.
(H/T Politico’s Josh Gerstein)