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The system insures that major news organizations get the data as soon as possible and allows journalists covering the release get a jump on providing analyses and opinion about the data.

[…yes, where would we be without “official” analysis and opinion.]

But Carl Fillichio, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ top communications advisor, circulated a memo earlier this week to interested media informing them that everybody is being required to re-submit their credentials requests.

Fillichio reminded participants that there are only 20-30 seats available for the lockups and that priority will be given by DOL in selecting participants to those that “are primarily journalistic enterprises.”

[...so then the editors email account will magically be forwarded automatically to the trading desk at Goldman Sack I guess, no?]

He also offered a one-sentence assurance that “the department will not consider editorial or political viewpoints in making credentialing decisions.”

[Yah, this won’t cull a passive group for patty cake like the White House Press Pool? No never.]

Whatever grumbling might be occasioned by being forced to go through the credentialing process again, the element of the Fillichio memo that has journalists worried is this paragraph:

“Second, as a measure toward enhancing security in its main lockup facility (the DOL news room), the department will supply and maintain standardized equipment with a standard configuration for all participants. This change means that privately owned computer and telephone equipment, including hardware, software, cabling, wiring and Internet and telephone lines will be replaced with equipment owned by the department.”

In other words, journalists will no longer be allowed to bring their laptops or other equipment to the lockups, they will have to use government-supplied equipment, described by Fillichio as including “a virtualized desktop running a Windows operation system, a web browser, word-processing software, an Adobe Reader application and secure file transfer capability. Equipment provided will not have wireless networking capability. Provisions will be in place for news organizations to transmit their stories over the Internet.”

[...oh look, total surveillance via uniform infrastructure, what's to be "worried" about there...?!?!?!]

The changes evidently are in response at least in part to worries that some of the non-traditional news organizations allowed in recent years to participate in the lockups may not be using their access simply for journalistic purposes.

Since the stock market can rise or fall by hundreds of points as a result of such a data release, making sure nobody gets an advance peek at the data is critical to insuring the integrity of the process.

[Wow, people who aren't on the short list getting tipped off prematurely it seems, can’t have that, tisk, tisk.]

But some news organizations worry about having to use government equipment that could compromise their editors and reporters in preparing publishable charts, consulting previous stories and charts for comparison purposes, and reviewing prior stories for context and analyses.

[Does that mean there is a some news organization have a back bone? What's the difference, their about to get de-credentialed by Mr. Flillichio!]

They are also concerned that the whole process will slow down delivery of the news at a time when unemployment is high, the economy is in the doldrums and public concerns about future job prospects are unusually high.

[Thank you for your concern...translation: go to h$#@!]

Delays will make it more difficult for independent analysts to understand the new data and could give White House and DOL political appointees more time to blunt the impact of the negative news resulting from the data.

[Thank you for your concern...translation: go to h$#@!]

In addition, Fillichio’s promise not to consider editorial or political viewpoints is somewhat less than reassuring in view of his boss’s recent appearance in a poster distributed throughout DOL show Solis arm-in-arm with Rev. Al Sharpton, solidarity-style.

[...because anyone who's freinds with Al is open minded, right?]

There are also rumblings about transferring control of the whole process from political appointees in DOL to career employees within the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The BLS has a spotless record of maintaining data integrity and insulation from political pressures to manipulate data content or release timing. Solis and Fillichio are said to be quietly resisting efforts in Congress to shift control of the lockups to BLS.

Fillichio has scheduled a conference call for Monday with interested media to discuss the memo and implementation of the new system.

[...yes, let's discuss your concerns over the phone while re-reviews of your credentials are pending...sounds like a perfectly open and honest process there.]

1 posted on 04/13/2012 9:34:59 PM PDT by Fitzy_888
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To: Nachum

For The List.


2 posted on 04/13/2012 9:40:49 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Fitzy_888

All this is to assure the Government release only their information!

In other words, they cooked the books!


3 posted on 04/13/2012 9:52:33 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (We have met the enemy and they is us!)
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To: Fitzy_888

It is time to abolish the Department of Labor.


4 posted on 04/13/2012 10:26:20 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Fitzy_888

Ok,,, why are employment stats treated as sensitive information? This isnt nuclear missile codes. They have a culture of hiding EVERYTHING from us.
They see the people as *the enemy*.


5 posted on 04/14/2012 12:27:05 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for officeoffI)
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To: Fitzy_888

Ok,,, why are employment stats treated as sensitive information? This isnt nuclear missile codes. They have a culture of hiding EVERYTHING from us.
They see the people as *the enemy*.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 12:27:23 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for officeoffI)
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To: Fitzy_888

Ok,,, why are employment stats treated as sensitive information? This isnt nuclear missile codes. They have a culture of hiding EVERYTHING from us.
They see the people as *the enemy*.


7 posted on 04/14/2012 12:27:33 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for officeoffI)
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To: Fitzy_888

Ok,,, why are employment stats treated as sensitive information? This isnt nuclear missile codes. They have a culture of hiding EVERYTHING from us.
They see the people as *the enemy*.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 12:27:38 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for officeoffI)
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To: Fitzy_888
The government wants them to use all of their state-of-the-art TRS-80s, Commodores, AppleIIs, and TI99s that they have been saving for this occasion.


11 posted on 04/14/2012 5:43:51 AM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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