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Obama Aide Instructs Policy Advisers: Avoid the Press
By Al Kamen
One topic on the recently-launched Obama Web site is called "Open Government." It doesn't have much under it, but we're sure the president-elect is very committed to open government.
An e-mail that was circulated Thursday only reinforces our notion of how open they'll be.
From: Larry Strickling
Date: November 6, 2008 6:58:14 PM EST
Cc: Priya Singh
Subject: . . . Rerminder--Decline All Reporter Interviews and Speaking Requests
This is a reminder that our communications department has directed all of you, as policy committee members, to decline all requests from reporters and all speaking invitations regarding the transition, the Administration's priorities and related issues. If you are contacted by a reporter to discuss these matters, please refer the reporter to Priya Singh at email@example.com. If you receive an invitation to speak on these issues at a conference or meeting, please decline the request. At this point in time, there is no one to whom to refer the request and do not offer to do so on behalf of the organization extending you the invitation. We realize these requirements may appear Draconian but so soon after the election, with the transition effort just being organized, it is important that no one who was involved with the campaign and the policy committees be speculating in public on these sensitive matters.
Doesn't appear Draconian at all. We're quite used to it.
Posted at 4:19 PM ET on Nov 7, 2008
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