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 how this happened and who is responsible.

It’s like we woke up one day and – POOF – our access to public records disappeared.

Here is our theory pitch:

Terrorists took over the State House and demanded that access to public records would be restricted until Ohio officials arranged the release of the seven members of the New Provo Front in Ireland, the five imprisoned leaders of Liberte de Quebec in Canada, and the nine members of the Asian Dawn movement in Sri Lanka.  A Highway Patrol spokesperson said, “We don’t negotiate with terrorists.” 

HansSo here we are . . .

Seriously, at Plunderbund we know WHO really did this.  And we aren’t afraid to tell you.

Republican Governor John Kasich and his Republican allies in the Legislature are responsible for restricting our access to public records.  The Republicans who voted to keep JobsOhio records from the public eye are responsible for the greatest exception to the principal of open records and government ever created.

If the Dispatch is mad as Hell and not going to take it any more, why not do something about it?  Plunderbund has sued for access to public records TWICE (link, link) since Kasich took office.  Even ESPN has filed a public records suit over these past few years.  The Dispatch, in contrast, has not filed any lawsuits challenging the greater restrictions on public access by its Republican friends.

  • Jor Dough

    Marrison must believe that his readers are as stupid as his Republican buddies are corrupt.

    Marrison and the Dispatch are now crying “me oh my” while serving as the shills in Kasick’s and the Republicans’ shell games with honesty, integrity and transparency in government.

    Note to Bennie M. – Look in the mirror jackwad if you seek who is responsible for the diminution of public in Republican politics and public business under this Kasick regime.

    Who else but the GOP shill-media outlets, e.g., The Dispatch, are pimping the schemes Kasick brings forth? To name a few:

    The manufactured Medicaid legislative controversy and Kasick veto that kept the public eyes of the sneak attack on women perfected in the budget restrictions on planned parenthood and abortion.

    The not so grand conspiracy Auditor-Truant Officer Yost incites the crowd with while Kasick and the GOP de-fund public education in Ohio.

    The tax increase that increases taxes for the vast majority of Ohio taxpayers.

    The Yost-Kasick choreographed tussle; over Yost’s “audit” of RobsOhio. It is kind of like political pro-wrestling. All it did was set the precedent to forever conceal RobsOhio’s real public business from any kind of scrutiny – even from authorities legally empowered to do so.

    Where was Big-Fat-Ben-Marrison and his staff of crack “journalists” ? Right there whipping up the crowd and barking for Republicans to press on with with fleecing the crowd. The Kasick/Republican shell games and 3-Cord Monty sucker games don’t work without a shill and there you have Ben Marrison’s role in the Kasick Regime.

    He’s just another fat white guy who wants to join the GOP big boys club and be in a photo of a Kasick bill-signing ceremony.

  • dmoore2222

    Terrific! And I don’t think I’ve ever seen the kind of apology column this nitwit writes in any other newpaper.

  • dmoore2222

    Never foget that “democracy dies in the dark.” And no matter how you try to rationalize something like “JobsOhio” it’s still a bad idea. Ohio’s sunshine laws were enacted for good reason–to keep liars and cheaters from abusing public trust and money. Practically speaking, JobsOhio is a failure. But just how bad a failure we’re never really know.

  • Beverly Batte

    Stumbled upon your blog while looking for coverage on the protests today, and the first thing I see is a Hans reference! You would have to know me…. but I think your blog and I are going to get along just fine.

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