The mainstream media continues to leave no stone unturned trying to find something to pin on Donald Trump and that includes sudden interest in “FOI."
They're called FOI requests --- freedom of information --- and they're the lifeblood of investigative reporting since it’s a court-enforced demand for the public right to view government information such as emails and contracts.
The Washington Free Beacon reports new outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and Washington Post have inundated government agencies since President Trump took office.
Curtis Houck of Media Research Center says those news organizations are “suddenly interested in transparency” and holding powerful people accountable.
“And all these buzz words,” he says, “that you didn't really hear about during the Obama years.”
The Free Beacon compiled numbers from FOIA requests sent to the Environmental Protection Agency and found a massive discrepancy between before and after President Trump took office. The New York Times made 13 requests during Obama's second term and so far they've sent 100 in just the first two years of Trump's term.
The Washington Post? One FOI request compared to 43.
Houck says it's almost as if these media giants didn't think there was anything to investigate during the last administration.
“There were a number of other journalists,” he points out, “that used the actual words 'scandal free' to describe the Obama administration.”
But conservative pundits have pointed out the administration seemed “scandal free” because the Obama-loving media refused to ask hard questions and dig deeper for stories.
For all the FOIA requests to the EPA, Houck tells OneNewsNow, the media is still talking about the President's twitter habits and personal feuds.
“There's nothing really going on here,” he insists. “If these FOIA requests were bringing about any results, you'd be hearing about it.”