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Continued: How did reporters miss the Craig arrest?

  • Article by: KATE PARRY , Star Tribune Reader's Representative
  • Last update: September 1, 2007 - 5:27 PM

When I called Kathleen Bangs, the MAC's manager of marketing and public affairs, late Wednesday to ask who at the MAC was blocking the release of public information and access to public officials, she said, "I don't think any public information is being withheld."

Shortly after my call to Bangs and after Chanen filed a formal, written request, reports on the 40 people arrested in situations similar to Craig's were released. It's been a slow process requiring far more hounding than usual to get public information.

"It took longer than we hoped, and we expected to redact" the private data in the arrest reports, said Jeff Hamiel, the MAC's executive director, adding that "later is always worse than sooner because it looks like you're withholding something."

Yup. Sure does.

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