12:12 pm Jul. 16, 2012
The Lineup collects the media stories, big and small, that are on our radar each day.
Today's must-read comes from Jeremy Peters of The New York Times, who writes about an increasingly common tactic in the presidential campaigns' dealings with the press:
The push and pull over what is on the record is one of journalism’s perennial battles. But those negotiations typically took place case by case, free from the red pens of press minders. Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.
Quote approval is standard practice for the Obama campaign, used by many top strategists and almost all midlevel aides in Chicago and at the White House — almost anyone other than spokesmen who are paid to be quoted. (And sometimes it applies even to them.) It is also commonplace throughout Washington and on the campaign trail.
The Romney campaign insists that journalists interviewing any of Mitt Romney’s five sons agree to use only quotations that are approved by the press office. And Romney advisers almost always require that reporters ask them for the green light on anything from a conversation that they would like to include in an article.
Not surprisingly, the piece elicited some strong reactions on Twitter:
Jeff Jarvis: "1 Journalists should never give quote approval. 2 If they do they'd damn well better reveal it."
John Robinson: "Campaigns get quote approval? Can we embarrass ourselves some more?"
Jay Rosen: "This is real power shift. Quote approval is now routine on the campaign trail. Reporters feel they have no choice. It's not just that sources now have more power. It's that key people on the campaign trail are monumentally risk-averse."
Adam Goldman: "Reporters give campaigns editing power over quotes from interviews? Why are editors supporting this? Astonishing"
In other news...
The MSN-NBC online divorce. [The New York Times]
The New York Post is fighting to keep discussions between Col Allan and Rupert Murdoch private. [Reuters]
Report: Anthony Weiner is considering a tell-all interview to get his career back on track. [New York Post]
Grim news for Gannett. [Reuters]
YouTube is becoming a major news platform. [Pew/P.E.J.]
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