After eight years of an administration that ignored the FOIA, Fox Business Network has now discovered that the FOIA exists and, believe it or not, the government doesn't release all the records it has nor does it do so on a timely basis.
In claiming victory in its lawsuit against the Treasury Department for information on TARP funds, Fox Business Network is amazed that a great deal of information is redacted. Fox Business Network also is amazed that the government stalls in the timing of its releases claiming FOIA backlogs.
I'm not excusing the government here, but as those of you who follow the FOIA know, this is not a problem that began to occur on January 21, 2009. It has been occuring since the FOIA was enacted and was made worse on January 21, 2001 by an administration that didn't really care about transparency. On behalf of the rest of the FOIA community, I say to Fox Business Network, "welcome to our world."
Note to readers: If you read this entry previously it said Fox News instead of Fox Business Network. I have been informed (by Fox Business Network) that it is a seperate and more recent entity and is not the same as Fox News (even though they are ultimately owned by the same company). So I stand corrected and Fox News has still discovered the FOIA.