Mackinac Center sparks uproar with FOIA of professor emails regarding collective bargaining, Rachel Maddow
A Midland think tank's Freedom of Information Act request for faculty emails regarding labor strife from the University of Michigan and two other universities has drawn fire from several organizations, the Detroit Free Press and other media outlets report.
Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC host, was outraged, the Free Press article said. Among other things, the FOIA request from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy sought emails containing her name.
Gregory Scholtz, director of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance at the American Association of University Professors, said fulfilling the request could have a chilling effect on academic freedom, the Lansing State Journal reported.
The FOIA sought e-mails from labor studies departments that mention collective bargaining in Wisconsin, where workers have protested Governor Scott Walker's attempts to cut benefits, or the terms "Scott Walker," "Wisconsin," "Madison" or "Maddow," the State Journal reported.