Analysis: Obama administration more often than ever censored government files, denied access last year

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    March 21, 2014 5:46 p.m.


    The 'great one' who promised to heal the planet, lower the rising oceans and the deficit AND be the most transparent President of all time is NOT doing what he promised to do?

    Does. Not. Compute.

    (Sarcasm "Off".)

    America, America, oh, how I mourn for thee.....

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:52 a.m.

    @GaryO - Yes, as the number of requests goes up, the number of denials go up too. However, as the article points out, the percentage of requests being denied has gone up. That means PER CAPITA the number of requests being denied has increased. This is just another example of Obama doing the exact opposite of what he said during his election. He promised more transparency in government, not less. I'm all for the government keeping things Top Secret when it comes to defending the country and protecting those in harms way, but this administration's been as shady--if not more so--than its predecessors (which is another thing it he said he wouldn't do...)

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    March 17, 2014 8:47 a.m.

    @ Gary O

    If requests go up denials go up?

    If requests go up that pretty well means that Obama is believed less One thing for sure the lies have gone up!

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 17, 2014 8:28 a.m.

    "....cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press."

    The Constitutional obligation of the Executive branch of government is the integrity of government. What's 'newsworthy is a subjective determination and the concern of the press whose motives are intrinsically self-serving. The Associated Press very well knows that. The press, by the way, is not exactly being a paragon of transparency when it uses anonymous sources.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 17, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    @GaryO--a blind man could see the corruption.

    My taxes have increased more than a dime, and the deficit hasn't been cut in half.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    Mountain an......believe us all of America is missing jimmy and billy carter.....

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 17, 2014 7:10 a.m.

    Before his first election, Obama promised the most transparent administration in history. Now its hide it, deny it, deflect it, stonewall it and blame it on others. Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 17, 2014 7:06 a.m.

    It reminds me of what J Golden Kimball is said to have said.
    Something about how when he had dealings with people who boasted about how honest they were he had nothing left.
    When they have to tell you how transparent they are there must be something wrong. And so it is.

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    March 17, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    From President Transparency. If you like a secretive government you can keep your secretive government Dictator?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 17, 2014 6:01 a.m.

    Here we ago again . . . Another transparently biased anti-Obama opinion piece from the Deseret News.

    I took the liberty of reading the original AP article, and that article said that requests for government information went up by 8% from last year. If requests go up, then the number of denials goes up too. That just makes sense.

    But the Deseret News decided to be less than transparent about offering that fact.

    It also makes sense that in the wake of the NSA brouhaha, requests for sensitive files would go up as well, thus the number of denials go up.

    This Deseret News opinion piece is strongly hinting that the Obama administration has been less transparent than other administrations, and there's nothing at all to support that claim.