Media Busted! Only Publishing Biden ‘Authorized’ Stories
The White House has created rules for the media to follow so that they can control what they publish.
Before the media can publish a quote from a Biden official it must be approved.
The Biden White House frequently demands that interviews with administration officials be conducted on grounds known colloquially as “background with quote approval,” according to five reporters who cover the White House for outlets other than POLITICO.
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.
Meaning if the Biden Administration doesn’t like the quote they can veto the article.
Peter Baker, top White House correspondent for The New York Times, said, “What started out as an effort by reporters to get more transparency, to get people on the record more, to use fewer blind quotes, then got taken by the White House, each successive White House, as a way of taking control of your story,” he said.
“So instead of transparency, suddenly, the White House realized: ‘Hey, this quote approval thing is a cool thing. We can now control what is in their stories by refusing to allow them use anything without our approval. And it’s a pernicious, insidious, awful practice that reporters should resist.”
However, Baker has admitted he does what the Biden White House tells him to do.
The White House team has “repeatedly objected to background interviews with quote approval” since Biden took office and the media isn’t pushing back.
Could you imagine if the Trump administration wouldn’t let the press publish a story unless it was “authorized?” Little Jimmy Acosta’s head would have exploded.