Not the first time a university library has intervened to protect a Democratic presidential candidate.3:56 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Washington Free Beacon, which has broken several scoops related to Hillary Clinton, has been banned from using the Clinton archive at the University of Arkansas:
A Hillary Clinton donor who serves as dean of the University of Arkansas libraries has banned the Washington Free Beacon from the school’s special collections archives, after the news outlet published revealing stories about Hillary Clinton based on documents available at the university library.
The ban came days after the Free Beacon ran a story about Clinton’s 1975 defense of a child rapist that drew from audio recordings available at the University of Arkansas library’s special collections archives.
This is an outrage for anyone that cares about transparency and a free press. It's also a reminder that this isn't the first time that a university library has intervened to prevent damaging information on a (potential) Democratic presidential candidate. In 2008, the University of Illinois at Chicago intervened to keep Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, from doing research on Barack Obama:
This much we know from the public record, but a large cache of documents housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is likely to flesh out the story. That document cache contains the internal files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The records in question are extensive, consisting of 132 boxes, containing 947 file folders, a total of about 70 linear feet of material. Not only would these files illuminate the working relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers, they would also provide significant insight into a web of ties linking Obama to various radical organizations, including Obama-approved foundation gifts to political allies. Obama’s leadership style and abilities are also sure to be illuminated by the documents in question.
Unfortunately, I don’t yet have access to the documents. The Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library agreed to let me read them, but just before I boarded my flight to Chicago, the top library officials mysteriously intervened to bar access
Lastly, the Weekly Standard's own Daniel Halper was shut out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha when trying to research Chuck Hagel after he was nominated by Obama for Secretary of Defense:
Official documents, correspondence and other papers from the period of time Chuck Hagel held his U.S. Senate seat are closed to public viewing by the archives entrusted to hold them. The lack of access has created yet another controversy around the embattled nominee to become the next defense secretary, raising questions among some about whether he might be hiding something in those files.
The ruckus started earlier this week when a reporter from the conservative publication, the Weekly Standard, tried to access the documents but was rebuffed by administrators at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
It appears as if university administrators make a habit of ignoring their commitment to open inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge to help Democrats.
8:21 AM, May 23, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The same day President Obama held a press conference about the growing scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary of State John Kerry faced the press in Mexico at a joint appearance with Mexican foreign secretary Jose Antonio Meade.
2:52 PM, Dec 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Tucker Carlson, last night on Fox News:
5:39 PM, Jul 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rick Perry will make an "important announcement" Monday, a spokesman for the Texas governor said in an email Friday afternoon to the press.
The spokesman, a deputy press secretary for Governor Perry, declined to offer more details. "[I] would caution against trying to predict what he will announce," he said.
The spokesman also said that "the details of the event (where, when) should be left for [the [press's] planning purposes only."
More details Monday!
Jun 3, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 36 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Harry Truman famously kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office, “The Buck Stops Here.” Sixty years later, President Obama hangs a sign on the door to the Oval Office, “Do Not Disturb.” In 1978, about halfway between the two liberal presidents, Harvey Mansfield, as we’ve noted before, diagnosed the decline: “From having been the aggressive doctrine of vigorous, spirited men, liberalism has become hardly more than a trembling in the presence of illiberalism. . . . Who today is called a liberal for strength and confidence in defense of liberty?”
It’s a murky business.May 13, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 33 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Last September, Ronald Robins Jr., a senior vice president at Abercrombie & Fitch, received a letter urging the company “to join with over a hundred major companies and make political spending disclosure and accountability a corporate practice.” The Ohio-based clothing retailer isn’t particularly political. It doesn’t have a political action committee, nor is it a member of the more politically involved trade groups like the Chamber of Commerce. Any politics they have lean slightly left.
9:57 AM, Feb 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former press secretary Robert Gibbs said this morning on MSNBC that he was told, when he became a White House official, "not even to acknowledge the drone program":
7:44 AM, Jan 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton, who was recently released from the hospital, released a statement yesterday ... on Burma.
8:14 AM, Jul 2, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Yesterday on CNN, White House chief of staff Jack Lew defended the Obama administration's involvement in the Fast and Furious scandal by saying that "this administration has been the most transparent ever."
12:00 AM, Dec 21, 2011 • By FRED BARNES
President Obama has a trait that Republicans should appreciate. He’s utterly transparent. His motives are anything but hidden. No matter what he says, it’s abundantly clear that he has one thing in mind these days: getting reelected.
Finally, the administration finds a regulation they deem worthy of repeal. 2:00 PM, Nov 2, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Though the Obama administration labor department had already stopped enforcing the requirement that union bosses fill out LM-30 forms listing potential conflict of interests, now we get word that the Obama administration is rolling back the relevant regulations altogether. However, the announcement of this rule change is baffling:
A GOP candidate’s speech.Jul 18, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 41 • By CHESTER E. FINN JR. & MICHAEL J. PETRILLI
The Republican presidential field is beginning to take shape, and candidates and maybe-candidates are figuring out where they stand and what to say. Sooner or later, they will need to say something about education. May we suggest a few talking points?
Two Republican senators protest.1:45 PM, Jul 1, 2011 • By FRED BARNES
Imagine the reaction if President Obama and congressional Democrats had released a sweeping health care bill, drafted in closed-door meetings, and demanded its approval by Congress immediately. There would have been national outrage over the secrecy, lack of time for public hearings, and the absence of discussion, revisions, amendments, and multiple votes.