Triumphant FOIA story

30 Apr

Remember the New York Times series by David Barstow that won the Pulitzer Prize? About the retired military officers rebranded as news analysts by Defense to tout the Iraq war?

The Columbia Journalism Review has gotten the story behind the story from NYT counsel David McCraw. It all started with an unanswered freedom of information request. After McCraw and Barstow took the request to court, McCraw writes:

Nothing quite prepared us for what followed. Over the next six months, Judge Richard J. Sullivan’s orders drove the release of thousands of pages of documents, and when the Pentagon stalled, he took no prisoners. The last time we appeared in his courtroom, he made himself clear: “The Executive Branch doesn’t get to just thumb its nose at a separate branch of government.”

Score.

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