Attorney General Eric Schmitt is using Missouri’s open records law to seek emails from two University of Missouri journalism professors and a newspaper that reports on government activities.
Unlike most newspapers and media outlets that cover state government, the Columbia Missourian is owned by a public entity, the University of Missouri.
Schmitt’s office is seeking three years’ worth of emails that center around the newspaper’s collaboration with the group Politi-Fact.
According to the Missourian, Schmitt is specifically seeking emails containing the phrases “fact-checking” and “Truth-o-meter.”
The dean for Mizzou’s journalism school says they’ll comply with the request.