Press Briefing Transcripts Added to WhiteHouse.gov
3:30 PM, Jan 29, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
It seemed like a deliberate omission considering WhiteHouse.gov looked like a finished product when it switched on flawlessly at the moment of Obama's swearing-in, yet there was no place for such information. Several days after Robert Gibbs' first press briefing, a new section appeared under "The Briefing Room" called "Press Pool," which conceivably could have been a spot for transcripts, but had no content. It later disappeared, and has now been replaced by "Press Briefings," where there are transcripts of the daily briefings.
It was a rough week on the technology front for the new administration, as the new employees endured an hours-long e-mail outage due to an apparent inability to keep the Outlook server up and running. That outage didn't happen until several days after Gibbs' first press briefing.
I was about to say this marks my restoration of faith in the Obama administration's transparency promises, but then I found- via the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation, no less- that the White House broke its promise to post bills on the Internet for public comment on Bill No. 1.