SO-CALLED REPORTERS and their pseudo-news outlets are now finally admitting the dirty little secret that’s been known for some time. They are formally informing readers that they now allow our politicians and presidential campaigns to alter the very purpose of the free press. This has been a story unfolding beyond the headlines, which impacts you, the American citizen, a great deal.
From the New York Times about a week ago:
The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative. They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.
McClatchy’s Washington bureau has declined to play this game, unlike most every other news organization that you, the reader, once could trust, but is now altering quotes in order to get access.
As you are aware, reporters from The New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg and others are agreeing to give government sources the right to clear and alter quotes as a prerequisite to granting an interview.
[...] As advocates of the First Amendment, we cannot be intimidated into letting the government control our work. When The New York Times agreed with Bush Administration officials to delay publication of its story of illegal wiretaps of Americans until after the 2004 election, it did the nation a great disservice. Acceding to the Obama administration’s efforts to censor our work to have it more in line with their political spin is another disservice to America.
Glenn covered this last week.
On another note, as regular readers know, I’ve been attempting to get on the Romney campaign’s press list for months. So, you’ll love this one. All of a sudden I started getting emails from the Fairfax County Republican Committee! Still no press releases from the Romney’s national campaign; as if I’m interested in FCRC’s latest release: “Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to visit new Springfield Victory Center! *Saturyday*.” Even George W. Bush was better than this. Even if I wanted to quote Mitt Romney’s stump speeches verbatim, side by side with Obama’s, I can’t, unless I search out a traditional news organization to do it. It’s truly pathetic.