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Opinion

September 5, 2013

Viewpoint: Was Tony Bennett right?

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But none of that was in the AP story.

Which brings us to an important question. How did the AP acquire these emails in the first place?

The AP stories indicate the emails came through public records requests. But how did the reporter know which records to request? Is this distinguished journalism or just the by-product of old school political leaking?

When an open government advocate asked the Glenda Ritz administration for copies of both the AP’s records request and the emails provided to the AP reporter on which the story was based, he was first told that such records did not exist. When pressed, three days later Ritz’s attorney suddenly found the AP’s requests, but has still refused to provide the responses, including the emails presumably provided to the AP.

If they provided them once to a reporter, shouldn’t they be readily available to anyone else?

Is it possible, even probable, that a few emails, hand-selected and leaked to a reporter who made no attempt to put the emails in their proper context could result in a story that got the material facts wrong?

Is it finally time to consider the possibility that Tony Bennett was right?

Cam Savage is a principal at Limestone Strategies. He also worked at the Department of Education for former Superintendent Tony Bennett.

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