Washington’s press is the cabin boy of the political class – do quote me on that | Bob Garfield | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

The New York Times recently revealed that reporters are not merely working on background, they negotiate after interviews what comments may be used and send them to sources for prepublication approval. The sources routinely edit those quotes before turning them back over to news organisations. As media ethicist Edward Wasserman so aptly put it, “At this point you’re no longer talking about an interview; you’re talking about a press release … And what happens is Washington becomes no different from Beijing, in terms of reporting what authorities want reported”.

Washington’s press is the cabin boy of the political class – do quote me on that | Bob Garfield | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

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