Journalists began discussing the topic earlier this week after New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters wrote a piece saying that Reuters, Bloomberg, The Washington Post and Vanity Fair have agreed to let sources approve quotes prior to publication and that it’s hard to find news organizations that haven’t.
The Huffington Post’s Jacob Soboroff wrote yesterday that HuffPo also follows this practice, “and normally evaluates each case on its individual merits and seeks to get its sources on the record, according to Adam Rose, Standards Editor, Huffington Post.”
Associated Press spokesman Paul Colford told my colleague Steve Myers: “We don’t permit quote approval. We have declined interviews that have come with this contingency.” DC Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee told Myers, “I think most of our reporters know to push back in a situation like that.”
Politico editor-in-chief John Harris said, “quote doctoring does bother me, or anything that does smack of not looking out for readers’ interest.”