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    Looking more and more like China every day...

    White House reporters are ​seething over a policy that requires them to submit quotes from interviews with Biden administration officials to the communications team for approval, editing or veto, according to a report on Tuesday.

    The White House is demanding that reporters who conduct interviews with administration officials do so under conditions known as “background with ​quote approval,” Politico reported. ​

    The information from the interview can be used in a story, but for a reporter to be able to attach a name to the quote, ​the reporter must transcribe the comments and send them to the communications team, the report said. ​

    At that point, the White House can approve them, edit them or veto their use. ​​

    Politico’s West Wing Playbook, which reported the practice, acknowledged that it participated in the arrangement when it did a piece about speechwriter Vinay Reddy that was up against a deadline.

    And the report noted that the Obama administration and the Trump administration also used the arrangement, but the Trump communications team deployed it less often than the Biden White House.

    The exercise is a carryover from the Biden presidential campaign and one that is irking White House reporters. ​

    “The rule treats them like coddled Capitol Hill pages and that’s not who they are or the protections they deserve,” ​one reporter told Politico.​

    “Every reporter I work with has encountered the same practice,” ​another reporter said.

    But while individual reporters have fumed over the arrangement, there​ has yet to be a coordinated response against it among the White House pool.

  • #2
    Originally posted by GhostofDempsey View Post
    Looking more and more like China every day...

    White House reporters are ​seething over a policy that requires them to submit quotes from interviews with Biden administration officials to the communications team for approval, editing or veto, according to a report on Tuesday.

    The White House is demanding that reporters who conduct interviews with administration officials do so under conditions known as “background with ​quote approval,” Politico reported. ​

    The information from the interview can be used in a story, but for a reporter to be able to attach a name to the quote, ​the reporter must transcribe the comments and send them to the communications team, the report said. ​

    At that point, the White House can approve them, edit them or veto their use. ​​

    Politico’s West Wing Playbook, which reported the practice, acknowledged that it participated in the arrangement when it did a piece about speechwriter Vinay Reddy that was up against a deadline.

    And the report noted that the Obama administration and the Trump administration also used the arrangement, but the Trump communications team deployed it less often than the Biden White House.

    The exercise is a carryover from the Biden presidential campaign and one that is irking White House reporters. ​

    “The rule treats them like coddled Capitol Hill pages and that’s not who they are or the protections they deserve,” ​one reporter told Politico.​

    “Every reporter I work with has encountered the same practice,” ​another reporter said.

    But while individual reporters have fumed over the arrangement, there​ has yet to be a coordinated response against it among the White House pool.
    Guess they will just have to say unnamed source.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by GhostofDempsey View Post
      Looking more and more like China every day...

      White House reporters are ​seething over a policy that requires them to submit quotes from interviews with Biden administration officials to the communications team for approval, editing or veto, according to a report on Tuesday.

      The White House is demanding that reporters who conduct interviews with administration officials do so under conditions known as “background with ​quote approval,” Politico reported. ​

      The information from the interview can be used in a story, but for a reporter to be able to attach a name to the quote, ​the reporter must transcribe the comments and send them to the communications team, the report said. ​

      At that point, the White House can approve them, edit them or veto their use. ​​

      Politico’s West Wing Playbook, which reported the practice, acknowledged that it participated in the arrangement when it did a piece about speechwriter Vinay Reddy that was up against a deadline.

      And the report noted that the Obama administration and the Trump administration also used the arrangement, but the Trump communications team deployed it less often than the Biden White House.

      The exercise is a carryover from the Biden presidential campaign and one that is irking White House reporters. ​

      “The rule treats them like coddled Capitol Hill pages and that’s not who they are or the protections they deserve,” ​one reporter told Politico.​

      “Every reporter I work with has encountered the same practice,” ​another reporter said.

      But while individual reporters have fumed over the arrangement, there​ has yet to be a coordinated response against it among the White House pool.
      "The Biden White House isn’t the first to employ the practice. Many reporters say it’s reminiscent of the tightly controlled Obama White House. The Trump White House used it, too."

      https://www.politico.com/newsletters...pproval-492792

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      • #4
        This is hardly new.

        Back when Obama was running for President, one of his campaign people was on CNN. Soledad O'Brien's show, to be precise.

        Video stills showed she was literally reading from the "Talking Points Memo", a Team D booster/superfan group. Ms O'Brien asked Obama's person a few (pre-approved) softball questions.

        In the next segment, his Republican opponent's operative was being interviewed. There were no notes being read off of, and the questions were alot tougher.....
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Robbie Barrett View Post

          "The Biden White House isn’t the first to employ the practice. Many reporters say it’s reminiscent of the tightly controlled Obama White House. The Trump White House used it, too."

          https://www.politico.com/newsletters...pproval-492792
          This thread can be closed now.

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          • #6
            Anyone with a pair of eyes can see how transparent Trump was with the WH press, certainly compared to Obama & Biden.

            4 months in and Biden has pretty much ****ed up the world, what a complete and utter disaster this old senile fool is turning out to be.

            I feel so sorry for my American friends being forced to live under this tyrant.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by denium View Post
              Anyone with a pair of eyes can see how transparent Trump was with the WH press, certainly compared to Obama & Biden.

              4 months in and Biden has pretty much ****ed up the world, what a complete and utter disaster this old senile fool is turning out to be.

              I feel so sorry for my American friends being forced to live under this tyrant.
              He's not mean on twitter, and thinks children should get gender reassignment therapy. That's what's really important.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by The Big Dunn View Post

                This thread can be closed now.
                Except if anyone ever watched the tone and context of questions asked by the media and compared the way they addressed Trump to the way they fawn over Obama and Biden, it is night and day. Total disrespect towards one admin while refusing to ask hard questions of another. I can post examples if you need them.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by denium View Post
                  Anyone with a pair of eyes can see how transparent Trump was with the WH press, certainly compared to Obama & Biden.

                  4 months in and Biden has pretty much ****ed up the world, what a complete and utter disaster this old senile fool is turning out to be.

                  I feel so sorry for my American friends being forced to live under this tyrant.
                  Red - how so?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GhostofDempsey View Post

                    Except if anyone ever watched the tone and context of questions asked by the media and compared the way they addressed Trump to the way they fawn over Obama and Biden, it is night and day. Total disrespect towards one admin while refusing to ask hard questions of another. I can post examples if you need them.
                    You're whining about nothing Ghost. The article points out Trump did this too. You're just throwing sh-t to the wall to see what sticks.

                    The bottom line is through the same point in their Presidencies, Biden's approval rating is 55% while Trump's was 43%. You and the rest of the Trump guys on NSB are simply out of touch with the rest of America.

                    When are you going to accept the fact that the majority of Americans have a vision for the country that is different from Trump and his supporters?

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