Here’s why you can’t successfully FOIA President Obama’s ‘Game of Thrones’ screener

Journalist Vanessa Golembewski noted that President Obama is the only person outside of HBO to have received an advanced copy of the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones” – a “screener,” in showbiz jargon. She filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy. Does her FoIA request have a shot?

Nope, says Kelly Hinchcliffe on Poynter.org, after talking with legal experts. The White House is exempt from FoIA, as are trade secrets, and spoilers for GoT are arguably trade secrets.

Maybe Obama can be convinced to write up recaps for io9?

Golembewski’s article, earlier: Only Obama Gets Game Of Thrones Screeners, So I Filed An FOIA Request For Them

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