Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back
By JEREMY W. PETERS
Published: July 15, 2012
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.
Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review.
What’s the difference between this and state controlled media in Marxist and Islamist regimes? No, we’re not there just yet…but is state controlled media the goal? Read the rest of Jeremy Peters’ report @ http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/us/politics/latest-word-on-the-campaign-trail-i-take-it-back.html?_r=4&pagewanted=all