National archivist dispute

My friend Tess, an archivist, recently filled me in on a dispute over the national archivist position. Apparently the Bush Administration pressured John Carlin, a Clinton appointee, to step down. Bush has nominated Allen Weinstein, a historian “who has been criticized for failing to abide by accepted scholarly standards of openness,” to replace him.

The Washington Post noted last month that critics “see the nomination of Weinstein as a defensive maneuver by the Bush White House to help prevent the disclosure of sensitive papers in case Bush loses the election this fall.” The Society of American Archivists has issued a statement expressing concern.

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