DON’T READ THIS POST….Here’s the new press policy at the NHTSA, the federal agency in charge of auto safety. (1) Agency experts are no longer allowed to talk to reporters on the record. (2) The communications office (!) is not allowed to talk to reporters on the record. (3) The agency’s administrator is not available to talk on the record about the policy barring staffers from talking on the record. (4) Her chief of staff explained to a reporter that “we were finding a lot of stuff did not need to be on the record,” but then insisted that this statement itself was off the record.
How does the Bush administration expect comedians to stay in business when they’re doing all their work for them? Steve Benen has the full story.