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Pushback against ‘quote approval’

Monday, July 23, 2012

The seamy practice of quote approval, something more politicians are insisting on, and to which some news organizations have capitulated, is getting pushback. Poynter quotes McClatchy Washington Bureau Chief James Asher on why he bans the practice of giving pols and others pre-publication approval of how they’re quoted.

The same piece quotes National Journal editor-in-chief Ron Fournier, who’s taken a similarly principled stance, this way:

If a public official wants to use NJ as a platform for his/her point of view, the price of admission is a quote that is on-record, unedited and unadulterated.

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