Monday, December 15, 2008

Tennessean Abuses Power

I'm not going to link to it, because I find it too irritating, but the newspaper of record in Nashville seems to find a need to publish online every month or two a database that it accessed or compiled under the state's freedom of information act that lists the salary of every state employee by name. Not just high level employees or appointees -- everybody.

Is this public information? Sure, and there is an argument that salary information must be public so that abuses could be identified, but how many of us would like to have our salaries published online, with new links publicized with some frequency by the local newspaper? I wouldn't.

By using this information abusively and irresponsibly, The Tennessean makes its own argument against open government. In so doing, they disgrace their profession.


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