This means if we want to see emails from Hillary Clinton when serving as Secretary of State (assuming they aren’t classified), we should be able to. But these records don’t just appear out of nowhere, out of the benevolence of the government. Formal requests, sometimes lawsuits, are needed. These requests cost money and the information presented is often delayed, filtered, and incomplete. The media has to pay a lot of money for governments to transmit the requested documents, often at a level not affordable to most media outlets or bloggers.
We built a country based on having certain inalienable rights such as freedom of expression. Let’s make those words mean something by finding a way to encourage or force governments to adhere to the spirit of the law.