Reaction to The New York Times's New Policy on Quote Approval
There was plenty of reaction to the news Thursday that The Times is banning after-the-fact quote approval — some applause, some skepticism, some questions and some downright disbelief. Here's a look at what journalists, public relations people and others had to say.
It started at 4 PM with a memo to Times staff members and a blog post by the public editor..
- — Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview)Thu, Sep 20 2012 12:55:10
There was a mixed reaction from media critics:
- — Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:09:45
- — John McQuaid (@johnmcquaid)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:16:07
- — Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:33:04
- — ErikWemple (@ErikWemple)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:53:31New York Times quote-approval "ban's" provision on background-to-on-the-record migration smacks of status quo: http://wapo.st/OHytAR R
- — Jack Shafer (@jackshafer)Thu, Sep 20 2012 14:19:02MT @TheStalwart Memo to journos worried abt quote approval: Just do all your reporting based on charts and govt. econ data. Problem=solved.
A number of Times staff members added their thoughts..
- — Michael Roston (@michaelroston)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:11:22Here's the NYT's new guidelines on "quote approval" as stated in a memo just received by staff http://bit.ly/UlBpQq
- — Jeremy W. Peters (@jwpetersNYT)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:42:36New NYT quote approval policy: Reporters should say no if a source demands that quotes be submitted afterward to review, approve or edit
- — Brian McFadden (@BigFatWhale)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:50:27Thankfully, I still get to make stuff up. http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/in-new-policy-the-times-forbids-after-the-fact-quote-approval/ …blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/in-new-policy-the-times-forbids-after-the-fact-quote-approval/
- — Michael Powell (@powellnyt)Thu, Sep 20 2012 19:00:57Re Quote Approval. My favs are banks, shout out to Wells Fargo/JPMorgan, that spin & lie on background, then give official "no comment"
- — Patrick LaForge (@palafo)Thu, Sep 20 2012 20:18:54
Other journalists had mixed reactions:
- — Alex Weprin (@alexweprin)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:10:43An alternative view on quote approval: what if the journalists take the quotes out of context to fit a narrative? http://bit.ly/S7Hxtw
- — Jacob Weisberg (@jacobwe)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:39:36Good alternative to quote approval: offer to read quotes back for accuracy. This makes sources feel better w/o yielding any control.
- — Henry Blodget (@hblodget)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:44:09New NYT quote policy is silly. Smart, careful sources will now speak only on background. How does that help reader? http://nyti.ms/PM3JtM M
- — felix salmon (@felixsalmon)Thu, Sep 20 2012 13:56:15NYT policy on quote approval is sensible. Basically cuts out the flacks. http://publiceditor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/in-new-policy-the-times-forbids-after-the-fact-quote-approval/ …blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/in-new-policy-the-times-forbids-after-the-fact-quote-approval/
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