Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Latest Word on the Trail? I Take It Back

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.

This is one of the reasons the game is rigged, so to speak. The reporters closest to the candidates can't report the truth. They can only report what is filtered through the candidates or their minions. Indications are, though, that this is a self-correcting phenomena. The mainstream media of today is rapidly being overtaken by other media sources. -

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