From the daily archives: Sunday, July 14, 2013

Dispatch Editor Benjamin Marrison used his Sunday column to decry the decrease in access to public records in Ohio over the past few years.  He writes, “Based on what I heard from many of you, you’re fired up that state lawmakers are continuing to keep public information from you.”

Marrison never mentions the most basic journalistic question:  WHO did this?  WHO is responsible for the fact that people and the media are increasingly unable to access public records?  (It’s the first question in the classic “Who? What? Where? When? Why?)

Readers are left to ponder […]

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We no longer know whether to laugh or cry when it comes to the Ohio Inspector General.

The Office of the Inspector General is supposed to look into the big issues of waste and fraud in Ohio government.  It’s an important position.

It’s time for the Office of the Inspector General to go all meta.  The Office of the Inspector General needs to investigate itself.  We have two suggestions.

First, Remember Coingate?  That was, arguably, the biggest scandal in Ohio history.  The Office of Inspector General was invented to investigate that matter.  How’s that investigation going?

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