WaPo’s Dana Milbank stunned to learn Obama Administration is less than transparent

Well, better late than never.

Lousy. And yesterday, Milbank, who earlier this year lauded Obama as the first female president, penned a column expressing shock and disappointment at the Obama Administration’s lack of transparency.

The Obama administration’s high level of opacity, though typical of modern presidencies, is troubling precisely because the president was so clear about his determination to do things differently. As recently as early last year, some open-government advocates were still hopeful, presenting Obama with an anti-secrecy award at the White House. But even then, there were signs of trouble: The award presentation wasn’t on his schedule and was closed to reporters.

Now the administration is maintaining silence as lawmakers prepare to pass one of the gravest threats to government transparency in years. A bill passed by the Senate intelligence committee would ban anybody but the top officials and public-relations staff at intelligence agencies from speaking to the media. The proposal, intended to crack down on classified leaks, would significantly set back freedom of the press, thwart whistle-blowers and squelch the airing of dissenting views on intelligence issues. This is part of a broader effort to make it a crime for national security officials to talk to reporters.

Consider the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, a bill with bipartisan support that would make it easier to track government spending by requiring agencies to report expenditures in a uniform way online. The legislation is so uncontroversial that it passed the House on a voice vote. But the Obama administration raised objections — and the transparency law has yet to see the light of day.

President Obama hasn’t been forthcoming about his policies and actions? Color us surprised! Conservatives are reminding Milbank that we’ve been shining light on the Obama Administration’s lies from day one:



VodkaPundit raises an interesting point. Milbank’s questioning of Obama makes him ripe for inclusion in the Left’s precious Handbook of Racial Code Words. Careful, Dana!

  • therantinggeek

    *innocent whistle*

  • louisiana_mom

    About a month too late for this little revelation… ugh! I wonder now that the election is over how many biased journalist will now try to be less biased in an attempt to get their credibility back? Not that it will work for those of us who were paying attention the last 4 years.

    • http://twitter.com/TheAngieNC2 Angie (D)

      This is exactly what they are doing so that 4 years from now they can pretend they *always* covered him fairly & it wasn’t the sheer amount of propaganda from them that got Obama reelected on his lousy record.

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

    Little consolation that one of these so-called journalists breaks ranks and does “real” reporting on the Obama admin. for a change. I am not holding my breath for more of these kinds of articles. As long as Obama is in the WH, these journalists will never expose him for the hooligan that he is. Obama has totally silenced them.
    Perhaps they don’t realize that they have done an incredible disservice to the American people during the last 4 years, and most especially during the 2012 presidential campaign. Their bias is so brazen it borders on criminal.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Fooled by Obama once, shame on him. Fooled by Obama twice, shame on you, Dana.

  • SwTk

    Cool, another libtard decided to take the red pill.