Elusive, secretive and opaque Obama

By Margaret Sullivan | Washington Post

It has kept the news media — and therefore the public — in the dark far too much over the past 7 1/2 years. After early promises to be the most transparent administration in history, this has been one of the most secretive. And in certain ways, one of the most elusive. It’s also been one of the most punitive toward whistleblowers and leakers…

Call it Transparency Lite.

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His on-the-record interviews with hard-news, government reporters have been relatively rare — and, rather than being wide-ranging, often limited to a single subject, such as the economy. Remarkably, Washington Post news reporters haven’t been able to interview the president since late 2009.

But a thorough study from Martha Joynt Kumar, a retired Towson University professor, describes the administration’s strategy. [Obama] does plenty of interviews…but these interviews are tightly controlled and targeted toward specific topics, and, it seems to me, often granted to soft questioners.

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