Before Martino arrived on the scene in March 2010, the Association of Health Care Journalists and ten other journalism organizations had already publicly criticized the FDA media operation for demanding that journalists and FDA employees obtain permission from higher-ups before an interview could take place. The FDA also imposed a policy that insisted that members of the press office be allowed to listen in on interviews.
Just a quick reminder on the cardinal rule of the public information officer: don’t be the news!
I don’t know the back story of this woman and her jousts with the media beyond the content of this article but if this is an accurate representation then I’m amazed. Take an agency with broad public health impacts and do everything possible to restrict access to the information being disseminated. This is good government? Open government? Who does this possibly serve (beyond the aforementioned press officer)?