Open Cronyism but Not Open Meetings
The Open Meeting Policy contains these two provisions:
(5) The provisions of this policy shall apply to visitors and representatives
of both church and public media, including print, electronic and photographic
(6) All the provisions of this policy are to be applied equitably to
all persons and groups.
In other words, you can't privilege one group and bar another. At the actual ACSWP meeting, indeed PNS was treated as cavalierly as I was.
But then I read in the Presbyterian News Service article by Evan Silverstein: "ACSWP did not release copies of its documents to reporters during the session, but later reviewed the papers with the Presbyterian News Service." So, the next week, when I was safely out of town and no longer a factor, ACSWP Coordinator Chris Iosso provided the papers to Evan Silverstein to review, and Silverstein then was able to write his article.
So much for "All the provisions of this policy are to be applied equitably to all persons and groups."
Since that time, the Office of the Stated Clerk has been reviewing the Open Meeting Policy and will be issuing a ruling soon. This practice that ACSWP has begun--both withholding information in the meeting and then passing it on only to fellow Louisville staff members in the press--cannot be allowed to continue.
Shouldn't Presbyterians be able to expect simple fair play--play that is by the rules--from those whose salaries they pay?