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I think Governor Haslam Is Wrong! - 04/08/14

  I don't share my opinion on the news.  This is not the news and is very much my opinion.  On the news Monday night we aired a story about the TN capitol hill press corps taking the Governor to task for not letting them know when and where Governor Haslam was giving a speech.
  The Governor's communication's director, Alexia Poe, explained Haslam follows the lead of the groups who invite him to speak on whether to allow the media.  Former Governor Phil Bredesen had what I believe is a more enlightened policy.  If Bredesen made a speech, the media was welcome.
  I think Governor Bill Haslam is making a mistake.  As the chief executive of our state, when he gives a speech it is news or potentially news.  I believe the people who report the news should have an opportunity to hear what he says and share that information with you.  It's not complicated.  If you aren't comfortable with people around this state knowing exactly what you said and people asking you about it, don't say it.   
  There's a lot of talk about governmental administrations being transparent.  We hear it in Washington, we hear it in Tennessee.  In my mind, speeches by your chief executive being a matter of public record is where that should start.  I'd love to know what you think.   

 

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