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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The White House and Interview Transcripts
The Politico story on presidential press management calls to mind a related issue. In 2009, I noted that the White House website was failing to post transcripts of many presidential media interviews. Though the website has become more user-friendly, has not become more complete. As the Epic Journey blog has noted many times, the White House seldom posts interview transcripts anymore. While major news organizations often post their own transcripts of presidential interviews, smaller papers and broadcast stations usually do not. The approach makes life harder for reporters, opposition researchers, and ordinary citizens who just want to know what their president has said.