An internal report that harshly criticized the Justice Department's diversity efforts was edited so heavily when it was posted on the department's Web site two weeks ago that half of its 186 pages, including the summary, were blacked out.Agree or disagree with the goals of the diversity mongers, this is plain shameful.
The deleted passages, electronically recovered by a self-described "information archaeologist" in Tucson, portrayed the department's record on diversity as seriously flawed, specifically in the hiring, promotion and retention of minority lawyers.
Mark Corallo, a Justice Department spokesman, said that portions of the report, and even its conclusions, were "deliberative and predecisional" and so could be excluded from the public report under provisions in the Freedom of Information Act. Mr. Corallo said some of the consultants' findings were inaccurate, but he said he could not discuss deleted passages.I'd be sympathetic if Mr. Corallo came out and said to the press, "We think diversity studies such as this are a noxious brew of bullshit and political correctness." As long as DOJ released it uncensored. It doesn't help matters to look like you're hiding a critical report, even if that report is twaddle.