1. Opinion

Promising openness, delivering propaganda

Published Jul. 31, 2012

In Tallahassee's politicized culture of cynicism, even an initiative touted by Gov. Rick Scott as an effort to provide unprecedented transparency has turned out to be just another betrayal of the public trust. Scott's so-called Project Sunburst, which falsely promised to allow the public online access to his administration's emails, is really nothing more than a sanitized forum for the governor's conservative political base. It should be renamed Project Sundown.

Scott won praise in May when he announced Project Sunburst. He claimed the public would be able to access emails to and from himself and his top staff within 24 hours. But as the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau's Toluse Olorunnipa reported, the Sunburst emails provided by Scott were from a different account used almost exclusively by the governor's conservative political supporters, not from his official state email account where the public opinions are not so overwhelmingly positive.

Scott's staff has promised to begin to post the governor's official email. But that promise comes only after they got caught promising openness and delivering propaganda.


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