If your natural vision is 20/300 but with glasses you rate 20/200, can you say you see clearly now? Likewise, if you claim past administrations were impenetrable black holes, can you say your own administration is “transparent” if only an occasional photon escapes?
IMO, if Barack Obama was really interested in bringing about fundamental change in the way Washington works, he would make transparency a high priority. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and all that. He said he would in his 2008 campaign. Repeatedly. He still says he’s committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. It says so right there on WhiteHouse.gov, the officially sanctioned propaganda site for every administration. But notice on that site, even now, that every paragraph is prefaced with the phrase “should be” as opposed to “is”… “The government should be transparent”, “The government should be participatory”, “The government should be collaborative”. Yeah, it definitely should be. The problem is, it’s still not.
“President Obama frequently claims that he’s leading “the most transparent administration in history,” as he asserted last February during a Google Plus “Fireside” Hangout.
But that self-administered pat on the back is belied by The Washington Post’s recent account of how the president’s spin doctors allegedly tried to rewrite quotes from reporter Barton Gellman’s interview with the National Security Agency’s chief compliance officer.”