Ryan Lizza based Obama story on primary documents, not administration sources

Politico | The New Yorker

Ryan Lizza's story about President Barack Obama's struggle to create a "post-partisan" presidency is based on official memos and documents, including Obama's handwritten notes. He tells Politico's Dylan Byers and Jennifer Epstein why:

“I spoke with dozens of White House officials over the last few years, and what I learned is people don’t have very reliable memories,” Lizza said. “They contradict themselves. You look at the paper trail, and you realize what they told you isn’t true. So I decided to rely almost exclusively on primary source material.”

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  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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