National Journal Senior Political Columnist Ron Fournier declared that the Obama administration has been “the least transparent administration, probably in this nation’s history, certainly in modern time” and that “the administration is clearly lying, it’s clearly hiding documents that belong to us” regarding the Fast and Furious program on Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel.
Fournier said [relevant remarks begin around 3:05] “Look, it would be really easy for me, as a member of the mainstream media, to say the Republican Party is overreaching here, and this isn’t a scandal, it’s a bad policy that went wrong. The problem is that I think the real issue here is what Steve was talking about. We cannot have a healthy democracy in the digital age, in the modern age without more transparency in our government. And President Obama not only said what you said, [that his administration would be the most transparent in history] but also he said that from now on there’s going to be a presumption that every document that is produced by my government will be public, unless we can make the presumptive argument that it needs to be private. Instead, he has, factually been, the least transparent administration, probably in this nation’s history, certainly in modern time. And it comes at a time when people are demanding to have more transparency in their government, when we need to have more transparency in our government, and when we’re losing all trust in our government. And when you have something like this, where the administration is clearly lying, it’s clearly hiding documents that belong to us, not them, and their secretary of state did what she did with her emails, we really have a problem. And we all do, not just the Democratic Party, not just the Republican Party, but how are we going to conduct our government in this coming century?”
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