Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hide & Seek


“So much is hidden. I get up in the morning and I ask the question: ‘What are the bastards hiding?’ Not as a cynical reporter, but as a realistic reporter. People are always hiding things.”

—Bob Woodward, author and assistant managing editor, The Washington Post, March 2011
(Thanks to alert WORDster Andrew Merton)

Editorial Comment: Kind of that prickly-on-the-back-of-your-neck thing.

Utah’s Black Hole: Woodward’s quote seems timely as Utah grapples with its open-records law. Gov. Gary Herbert now calls for repeal of HB477, which the Legislature slipped in at the end of the session to gut the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA), and the governor has called the Legislature back into special session on Friday to “modify” the law. But the Senate Republican leadership (all of whose caucuses have been behind closed doors) says it will block repeal. Petitions to repeal HB477 continue to circulate and will demonstrate citizen concern over rising government secrecy and lack of citizen access to what our elected representatives are doing in our name. For information, see the Utah Citizens FOI Network FB page. In Cache County, I have a petition packet if you’d like to sign.

Green Eyeshades Wanted: Alert WORDster Bruce Adomeit of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis is looking for decent green eyeshades. He remembers good ones with leather bands, not the cruddy plastic ones that I remember.... Any ideas?

PR Conference This Week:
Utah State’s PRSSA chapter hosts the Mountain West Regional Public Relations Conference, this Thursday-Friday in Logan, Utah. Click here for information.

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  1. Seems to me that lately some public figures have hidden in plain sight, by stepping into Woodward's shadow.

  2. Barry wrote:
    "First you cover up your embarrassing blunders.

    Then you cover up the cover-up.

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat."

  3. Have to agree with anonymous... Bob Woodward is not a virtue of trust anymore. Maybe in that pic from the 70's but not now, baby. Remember that expose book on the Bush Administration? Lord.