C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb accused President Obama of using his network as a “political football” during the presidential campaign, citing the president’s broken pledge to televise health care reform negotiations on the nonpartisan channel which is devoted to covering Washington.
“We are an independent journalistic institution, and the president, when he was a candidate, had no right to assume that we would cover anything, that was the first thing. We were used as kind of a political football during the campaign.
We obviously would cover these negotiations. … It’s just a gut reaction that if we pay for something, and it’s the public’s business, we ought to be able to see how it’s done.”
C-Span even wrote a letter to the Obama administration asking for permission to broadcast talks that should be, and were promised to be, public and the White House responded by giving them one, single, solitary hour. That’s it. That’s the extent of the Obama transparency.
What treatment you will be allowed to get, the financial allotment you will be allowed, and the penalty increment with which you will be faced (and the length of your jail time) will all be decided for you behind closed doors. It’s about you, but you’re not allowed to know what it’s about, yet you’ll be forced to pay for it anyway.