Since when do we give quote
approval to politicians?
Reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and Reuters are all doing it: succumbing to the quote approval demands of politicians and campaign staff members in order to get interviews with them. They’re finally getting the juicy interviews they have always wanted, but what is published is as dry as the drought that’s threatening this year’s harvest.
The quotes come “stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative,” according to The New York Times’ Jeremy Peters.
Peters writes, “It is a double-edged sword for journalists, who are getting the on-the-record quotes they have long asked for, but losing much of the spontaneity and authenticity of their interviews.”
Journalists in Peters’ article all state their dislike of the agreements they’ve made in order to get their stories, but they see few other options. They also say they have yet to encounter situations in which the quote approval has altered the meaning of what was said.
So we ask you, what do you you think of this? Would you grant quote approval to a source?