Vanessa Golembewski, you are a modern day hero.
After learning that U.S. President Barack Obama gets advance screeners of 'Game of Thrones' (the only person outside of the immediate inner circle of the show to do so), Refinery29's Vanessa Golembewski took matters into her own hands and did what any self-respecting journalist, citizen and supporter of democracy would do - filed a Freedom Of Information Act request to obtain them.
"If the president — and by extension, our government — is in possession of a file, surely that file is subject to my request to see it as a U.S. citizen." Golembewski wrote on Refinery 29, along with sharing images of her requests with her government.
"I know it's a stretch. Firstly, I'm not entirely sure where the Game of Thrones screeners fall in the grey area that is personal property of a government figure,"Golembewski continued. "Secondly, there's a bunch of red tape around the kinds of things you can request in a FOIA. Okay, fine. There are just nine exemptions — and all of them seem like really fair calls. For example, it's off limits if the information in question would threaten our national security. I felt confident that even with these rules, TV episodes were still fair game."
& when they asked how much I was willing to pay I was like just put it on my tab #studentloans
— Vanessa Golembewski (@vgolembewski) April 15, 2016
So far, no joy, but Golembewski did discover that the process of waiting on a FOIA request isn't dissimilar to waiting on a Domino's Pizza order, which is both comforting and distressing in equal measure.