THE GENTLE ART OF REDACTION….Want to see a hilarious example of how government agencies redact “sensitive” material from information they release to the press? Check out this graphic from the News & Observer in North Carolina. The NC Department of Labor recently released some files to the News & Observer, and included in the files was a copy of a News & Observer story from 2003. Guess what? Even though it was a published story, and even though they were releasing it to the newspaper that had published it in the first place, they redacted it in 70 separate places. Among the redacted phrases were “six men,” “tomato pickers,” and “the workers.”
A spokesman laconically suggested that the department “will probably review its policies on what information is private.” Good idea.