On the one hand, I expect a certain spin when our public servants speak to the media. On the other hand, if the spin is so great that it obliterates any sense of transparency and accountability, I have to call foul. The newly appointed interim director at the Memphis pound gave an interview to the local Fox affiliate yesterday. Did he tell us anything we haven’t already read in the paper? Did he give us a sense that meaningful reform has come to MAS? Did he even answer a single question?
I love that his response to the question of public access to the security cameras is FOIA. He must have forgot the part about how it takes months to get the footage, how the city erases the day you’ve requested, how they say they’re protecting it for you and then say oops – it no longer exists, how they won’t tell you what the cameras show and oh yeah – the city charges hundreds of dollars for it. But yeah, it is in a theoretical sense a v a i l a b l e. Like the way the lottery jackpot is a v a i l a b l e, I guess. If Mr. Rogers’ idea of public transparency from a pound bearing ample evidence of animal cruelty is FOIA, I don’t think we are on the same page.