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Thursday, March 09, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - Pence's history with transparency

Kristine Phillips of the Washington Post had an analysis piece March 8 headed "Mike Pence says he advocates for a free press. Here’s his shaky history with transparency." Some quotes:

Pence sponsored versions of the legislation a few times when he was in Congress. Although the Free Flow of Information Act never became law, Pence's advocacy for the news media earned him praise from journalists, including an award from a newspaper association.

But while Pence does have a track record of supporting a free press and the First Amendment, that record is tainted and his stance on the public's right to know has become muddled, critics say.

During his time as Indiana governor, for instance, Pence found himself rebuked by free speech and open-government advocates — once because of a widely criticized plan to create a taxpayer-funded news service, and again when his staff deleted Facebook comments that disagreed with his stance on same-sex marriage.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 9, 2017 09:13 AM
Posted to Indiana Government