David Sirota reports on “How Government Blacklists Journalists From Accessing the Truth” stating that “The public is being systematically divorced from public policy, which is exactly what too many elected officials want.”
The article at alternet.org addresses a phenomenon many of us are all too familiar with: government secrecy and retaliation against journalists they don’t like.
“[A] study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work. –Sirota
Sirota states that a Kennesaw State University professor surveyed public information officers and found many of them will not allow their staff to talk to specific reporters.
“In recent years, there have been signs that the federal government is reducing the flow of public information,” Sirota writes, agreeing with a growing consensus from many Washington D.C. journalists.