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Dan Rather: 'Quote approval' a media sellout~Campaigns making journalists show their story first

(CNN) -- A New York Times front-page article Monday detailed a new phenomenon in news coverage of the presidential campaign: candidates insisting on "quote approval," telling reporters what they can and cannot use in some stories. And, stunningly, reporters agreeing to it.

This, folks, is news. Any way you look at it, this is a jaw-dropping turn in journalism, and it raises a lot of questions. Among them: Can you trust the reporters and news organizations who do this? Is it ever justified on the candidate's side or on the reporter's side? Where is this leading us?

Essentially, what the Times described was the rapid rise of "quote approval" -- a strategy deployed by campaigns requiring reporters to send quotations they intend to use to candidates' press officers, to be sliced, diced, edited and drained of color or unwanted consequences, and reporters going along, fearing that if they don't, they won't get access.

Here's how it works: Let's say a reporter is granted an interview with a senior strategist of the Obama or Romney campaign. A condition for the interview would be that before the reporter could send the story to the editor, he or she would have to agree to submit for approval every quote intended to be used to the campaign press staff.

Thomas Jefferson said: "The only security of all is in a free press." A free and truly independent press -- fiercely independent when necessary -- is the red beating heart of freedom and democracy. One of the most important roles of our journalists is to be watchdogs. Submitting to these new tactics puts us more in the category of lapdogs.

Read the whole story here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/19/opinion/rather-quote-approval-...



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everyone knows that the job

everyone knows that the job of a fireman is to burn the books. there was some rumour once, long ago, that firemen put out the fires.

lawrence

It is sad that...

It is sad that journalist have become a group of obedient, liberal lackeys, lacking in courage and integrity.

RickStone

There is much more to it than that.

But regardless, it's been firmly established in my mind that the major news networks are NOT to be trusted. I refuse to watch any of them, or the mainstream internet "news" sources.

Propaganda at best, more like severe phychological manipulation.

Let them die off. Just ignore the mainstream "news".

There is much more to it than that.

But regardless, it's been firmly established in my mind that the major news networks are NOT to be trusted. I refuse to watch any of them, or the mainstream internet "news" sources.

Propaganda at best, more like severe phychological manipulation.

Let them die off. Just ignore the mainstream "news".

I've always seen the freedom

I've always seen the freedom of press as another check and balance, almost a "branch", to keep the government in line. The more the whole system is not checked and unbalanced, the closer we are to everything spilling.

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Sorry...can't read CNN

Each click adds to their ad $. I do not easily forget their treatment of the Good Doctor.

Surprise, you can't trust all journalists. Such as the ones at CNN.

Stop supporting them & support journalists that you respect. For me, I do not respect CNN.

Slaughts31's picture

Wait...CNN quotes Thomas Jefferson...refers to liberty

(can see in the post). They have no soul. Doing the Romney tactic.

Call others what you are / use the language of your enemy

Romney calls Obama a "crony capitalist". He is the definition of Crony.

CNN talks liberty...yet is its biggest surpressor.

#RP2012

Screw That

You want quote approval? That's called hiring a 'public relations manager'. Sigh, they've learned so much from Rather and those 60 Minutes interviews.