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Earnest: The Press Is the 'Only Constituency' That Cares About Government Transparency


He said the general electorate "are considering a range of other factors."

White House press secretary Josh Earnest briefs reporters during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Earnest started his briefing with a question on Syria. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested Monday that the only people who care about transparency in the government are members of the press, not every day Americans.

At the end of August, Earnest penned a letter to the editor at The New York Times, in which he asserted President Barack Obama's administration has been "the most transparent White House in history." The letter was in response to a Times column slamming the White House for its "abysmal record on fulfilling Freedom of Information Act requests and its record of prosecuting whistle-blowers who have shared national security information with the press."

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