Watch the video, linked from the word “view” in the right hand part of the page next to the photo, of the press corps hammering secretary Scott McClellan on the Karl Rove scandal. It’s striking. I wanted to go back and take a look at footage of Clinton-era briefings to compare and contrast, but the archive page only contains the press briefings from the current administration. At first I thought maybe they weren’t posting this information on the Web up until 2001, which would have been surprising but not inconceivable. No, according to the Internet Archive, the press briefings were posted under Clinton, though only the listing page seems to be available. So here’s the question: who owns, the current administration or the citizenry? If the answer is the citizenry, we should expect and push for complete archives to be preserved from one administration to the next. Or, to put it another way, should be declared a linkrot free zone.

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