According to the Associated Press, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) “tried to hide an email about its fear of upsetting the White House from Freedom of Information Act requests by the AP. Via the Washington Free Beacon,
Associated Press president Gary Pruitt reported in an op-ed on government transparency that, during the course of an AP investigation into Michelle Obama’s dresses, NARA used a privacy exemption to redact a line in an email that was actually about the agency’s fear of the White House:
“In government emails that AP obtained in reporting about who pays for Michelle Obama’s expensive dresses, the National Archives and Records Administration blacked out one sentence repeatedly, citing a part of the law intended to shield personal information such as Social Security numbers or home addresses.
“The blacked-out sentence? The government slipped and let it through on one page of the redacted documents: “We live in constant fear of upsetting the WH (White House).”
Upon taking office, President Obama pledged to run the “most transparent administration in history.”