David Frum is “Totally Against Transparency”

I must say, as a media stakeholder, I am outraged at David Frum editor of the Frum Forum, who speaking this morning on CNN about the Health care Summit indicated that he is “totally against transparency.” If David’s statement is not challenged, then David just got free air time to minimize all of the efforts advocating transparency.

David thought that the open airing of the Summit should have been managed behind closed doors.

Frum’s first book, Dead Right (1994), was described by William F. Buckley as “the most refreshing ideological experience in a generation,” and by Frank Rich of the New York Times as “the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement.” In 1996, The Wall Street Journal acclaimed him as “one of the leading political commentators of his generation.” The Daily Telegraph’s 2007 survey named Frum as one of America’s 50 most influential conservatives.

David Frum was born in Toronto, Canada in 1960. He received a simultaneous B.A. and M.A. in history from Yale in 1982. He was appointed a visiting lecturer in history at Yale in 1986; in 1987, he graduated cum laude from the Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Federalist Society.

As far as we are concerned at Open Government TV, David Frum is Dead Wrong on his opinions regarding Transparency. We will share our thoughts on his twitter. It is unfortunate for Canada because we have been engaged in very serious discussions with Canada about Open Government. They are very excited about what we are doing here int the States.

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Jay S. Daughtry, ChatterBachs

Keith, I’d love to know what David Frum’s rationale is for this position. While I may not agree, there may be certain merits to his stance that would need to be considered or addressed. Can you shed additional light on this?