Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules

Reporters fume at White House ‘quote approval’ rules

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If you’ve read a quote from an administration official in a newspaper or a wire story recently, there’s a good chance that the White House communications team had an opportunity to edit it first.

That’s because the Biden White House frequently demands that interviews with administration officials be conducted on grounds known colloquially as “background with quote approval.”…

In practice, that means the information from an interview can be used in the story, but in order for the person’s name to be attached to a quote, the reporter must transcribe the quotes they want and then send them to the communications team to approve, veto or edit them.

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The practice allows the White House an extra measure of control as it tries to craft press coverage. … [I]t gives public officials a way to obfuscate or screen their own admissions and words.

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