The first time, they declared that they weren’t going to give public records to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (TCPR) on the grounds that it is not a “legitimate group”.
That assessment of TCPR by the Tennessee Department of Revenue has had, and still has, legs in some parts of the blogosphere. When TCPR sent out a press release in March based on Al Gore’s home energy consumption claiming he was an energy hypocrite, the Tennessee Department of Revenue’s assessment of TCPR as “illegitimate” became part of the story.
This blogger, for instance relies on a quote from an e-mail written about TCPR and its president Drew Johnson by the Tennessee Department of Revenue in order to draw the conclusion that:
He’s a well-known right-wing sociopath/gadfly.
This Huffington Post piece also draws on what the Tennessee Department of Revenue said about TCPR in response to TCPR’s open records request by way of discrediting TCPR.
The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s assertion that it didn’t have to give public documents to TCPR because it is not legitimate also shows up here.
And here too.
Reading all those blog posts, I think I’ve learned something valuable. Stay with me on this.
My husband is on the board of the Institute for Humane Studies.
Perhaps even more significantly, Drew Johnson and I are friends on Facebook.
As I mull this over, I have concluded that:
I learned a lot when I took Relevance Logic in graduate school. It’s been enormously helpful to me in understanding these situations.