President's First Year Gets a 'C' in Sunshine Goals

OPEN GOVERNMENT — The Columbia Journalism Review gives President Obama a C average in accomplishment for his first year in office reflecting six areas of effort toward open government: reducing use of the state secrets privilege to scuttle lawsuits for violations of civil liberties, improvement of the Freedom of Information Act, release of federal data online, access to White House visitor records, enactment of a federal shield law for journalists, and reduction of the use of off-the-record background briefings.


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