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August 29, 2013

SAVAGE: What if Tony Bennett was right?

(Continued)

When an open government advocate asked the Glenda Ritz administration for copies of both the AP’s records request and the emails provided to the AP reporter on which the story was based, he was first told that such records did not exist. When pressed, three days later Ritz’s attorney suddenly found the AP’s requests, but has still refused to provide the responses, including the emails presumably provided to the AP.

If they provided them once to a reporter, shouldn’t they be readily available to anyone else?

All this is curious.

Is it possible, even probable, that a few emails, hand-selected and leaked to a reporter who made no attempt to put the emails in their proper context could result in a story that got the material facts wrong? If that initial AP story was wrong, then everything that has spewed forth since is getting it wrong, too.

Is it finally time to consider the possibility that Tony Bennett was right?

Cam Savage previously worked at the Department of Education for former Superintendent Tony Bennett. He can be reached at Cam@limestone-strategies.com.

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