28 February 2016

How the Feds Blocked Me from Covering a Pill Mill TrialE

By Philip Eil

If you took President Obama at his word, this was supposed to be a golden age for investigative journalism in America.

On his first day in office, the Commander-in-Chief penned a memo encouraging executive agencies to adopt a "presumption in favor of disclosure" when processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The White House later rolled out the details of an "unprecedented level of openness" it was determined to bring to Washington. In 2013, Obama famously said he's running the "most transparent administration in history."

It hasn't quite worked out that way.


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