Earnest Defends Claim Obama WH Is Most Transparent Ever


President Obama has previously asserted his administration is the “most transparent” in history, a line that’s invited much ridicule, even from the press corps. So when White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest brought up that line on CNN yesterday, Brian Stelter challenged him on why they keep insist on using it.

Just last week, a few dozen press organizations co-signed a letter calling for more transparency and decrying the “politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies.” Despite this, Earnest insisted Obama has a great transparency record, and these groups are only complaining because it’s their job to keep pushing.

When he brought up the “most transparent” line, Earnest explained that “absolutely” it’s the truth, touting two examples: quarterly reports this White House puts online that the previous White House didn’t want released, and press access to presidential fundraisers at private homes.

There is, however, one little issue of transparency Earnest glossed over: the inability of reporters to speak to people working in federal agencies. In fact, Buzzfeed’s DC bureau chief John Stanton went on a bit of a rant over the weekend concerning this very issue.

Watch the clip here, via CNN:

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