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Utah Governor 'Honored' With Blackhole Award 161

The national Society of Professional Journalists plans to 'honor' Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert with the first-ever Black Hole award for a restrictive new open records law. From the article: "David Cuillier, SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee chief and a journalism professor at the University of Arizona, said he'll try to present the award to Herbert on Wednesday. The award, Cuillier said, is part of Sunshine Week, an annual initiative begun in 2002 to promote greater transparency in government. Nominations were gathered from around the country, but Cuillier said 'there was no question' the award should go to Herbert as the chief executive of the state."
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Utah Governor 'Honored' With Blackhole Award

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  • by vux984 ( 928602 ) on Tuesday March 15, 2011 @07:45PM (#35498308)

    If he gave specific instructions then why weren't they followed? He's the President of the United States.

    The President is not God-Emperor.

    A CEO typically has far more direct power over their organization.

    The buck stops with him.

    Its great rhetoric, but not much else.

    You can blame one man for all that is wrong in the United States all you like but its absurd on its face.

    The President is a figurehead. He has power, but it pretty limited.

    It's his job to take responsibility for the departments under his control.

    Fair enough. Just exactly how under his control is it exactly? And what exactly would you have him do?

    Giving him a pass and saying it's someone else's fault that his personal and specific instructions were completely ignored is disingenuous at best.

    Its "insincere"? Its "lacking in candor"? Are you sure you know what "disingenous" means?

    That said, I'm not giving him a pass, but I do recognize there is a substantial difference between being ineffective at fixing a problem, and enthusiastically perpetrating a problem.

grep me no patterns and I'll tell you no lines.