By: Staff reports
Why Does Print Newspaper Get Access?
While APBNews.com continues its fight for access to federal judges’ financial
records, the New York-based online news outlet recently learned that USA Today
was granted a request for the same information in February 1999. In fact, the
newspaper requested even more information than APBNews.com.
‘We got everything we wanted,’ USA Today Executive Editor Bob Dubill told
APBNews.com. ‘I think it should be released to everybody. If it’s a public
record, it’s a public record.’
Unlike the online news outlet, USA Today did not request photocopies of the huge
mass of documents. Instead, the newspaper sent reporters to Washington to take
notes on the documents.
A similar request for information from APBNews.com in December was denied. A
judicial panel said placing judges’ personal financial information online (as the
Web site planned to do) would endanger judges. The litigation is ongoing.
(c) Copyright 2000, Editor & Publisher