Press: Full Disclosure, Semi-Outrage

A survey elicits complaints from presidential candidates

"This is not the type of information we routinely request preparing profiles," wrote Craig Whitney, the New York Times Washington editor, to 14 Democrats and Republicans running for President. Whitney was right. In the most exhaustive set of questions ever put to national candidates by a news organization, the Times has asked not only for such routine documents as birth certificates but also for psychiatric records and access to FBI files. Though the candidates have had the Times request for more than a month, none have complied completely and nearly all are complaining about its scope. Says Patricia O'Brien, press secretary...