ERIC Number: ED233424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Pentagon After Action Reports: The Jack Taylor Debate.
In requesting after action reports--Pentagon-prepared summaries of interviews between reporters and Pentagon officials--investigative reporter Jack Taylor both aroused Pentagon opposition and created a rift between the Pentagon press corps and outside reporters. To investigate whether the full-time Pentagon press corps was reporting as aggressively as he felt it should on the U.S. military, Taylor filed a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request with the U.S. Army for all copies of after action reports written during the previous six months. When this request was denied, he filed around 2,500 additional requests with 50 agencies, most of which were denied under two exemptions to the FOI Act: agency memoranda and material related to journalists' work in progress. In addition to causing heated debate among journalists, Taylor's efforts led to the Pentagon's discontinuance of required after action reports. While no longer required, the practice continued unabated. Taylor never completed his investigation. (MM)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Disclosure, Interviews, Journalism, News Reporting, Press Opinion, Privacy
Freedom of Information Center, Box 858, Columbia, MO 65205 ($1.00 per single copy; write for quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Center, Columbia, MO.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Freedom of Information Act