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White House reporters are ​seething over a policy that requires them to submit quotes from interviews with Biden administration officials to the communications team for approval, editing or veto, according to a report on Tuesday.  ​

The White House is demanding that reporters who conduct interviews with administration officials do so under conditions known as “background with ​quote approval,” Politico reported

The information from the interview can be used in a story, but for a reporter to be able to attach a name to the quote, ​the reporter must transcribe the comments and send them to the communications team, the report said. ​

At which point, the White House can approve them, edit them or veto their use. ​​

Politico’s West Wing Playbook, which reported the practice, acknowledged that it participated in the arrangement when it did a piece about speechwriter Vinay Reddy that was up against a deadline.

And the report noted that the Obama administration and the Trump administration also used the arrangement, but the Trump communications team deployed it less often than the Biden White House.

The exercise is a carryover from the Biden presidential campaign and one that is irking White House reporters. ​

“The rule treats them like coddled Capitol Hill pages and that’s not who they are or the protections they deserve,” ​one reporter told Politico.​

“Every reporter I work with has encountered the same practice,” ​another reporter said.

But while individual reporters have fumed over the arrangement, there​ has yet to be a coordinated response against it among the White House pool. 

“The only way the press has the power to push back against this is if we all band together,” said the first reporter. 

T​he report said at least one White House reporting team has been having discussions about reaching out to other media outlets to present a unified front to administration officials.
Asked for comment by Politico, White House spokesman Michael Gwin wanted to go off the record, but later texted a statement from press secretary Jen Psaki.

”​We would welcome any outlet banning the use of anonymous background quotes that attack people personally or speak to internal processes from people who don’t even work in the Administration,”​ Psaki said.

“At the same time, we make policy experts available in a range of formats to ensure context and substantive detail is available for stories. If outlets are not comfortable with that attribution for those officials they of course don’t need to utilize those voices.”​

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New York Times reporter Peter Baker told Politico that the practice began in the interest of adding more transparency to administration officials’ quotes. ​

“What started out as an effort by reporters to get more transparency, to get people on the record more, to use fewer blind quotes, then got taken by the White House, each successive White House, as a way of taking control of your story,” ​Baker told the outlet.

“So instead of transparency, suddenly, the White House realized: ‘Hey, this quote approval thing is a cool thing. We can now control what is in their stories by refusing to allow them use anything without our approval.’ And it’s a pernicious, insidious, awful practice that reporters should resist​,” he added.​

The Times barred the practice in 2012, but wouldn’t comment on how rigorously that’s enforced or whether reporters abide by it.
The White House ​reporting team has “repeatedly objected to background interviews with quote approval” since Biden took office, ​Danielle Rhoades Ha​, a Times spokeswoman told Politico in an email.
She added that the Times “has succeeded at times in getting interviews put on the record.”
J​ulie Pace, the Associated Press’ Washington bureau chief, told Politico that the news service doesn’t permit quote approval.
She said reporters don’t allow sources to say, “I want those three sentences you want to use sent over to me to be put through my rinse cycle.” 

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Biden Administration Asks Americans to Report ‘Potentially’ Radicalized Friends and Family

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President Joe Biden’s administration announced their plans to create ways for Americans to report radicalized friends and family to the government, in an effort to fight domestic terrorism.

In a conversation with reporters, one senior administration official explained the importance of stopping politically fueled violence before it started.

“We will work to improve public awareness of federal resources to address concerning or threatening behavior before violence occurs,” the official said.
The official cited the Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something say something” campaign to help stop radical Islamic terror as a domestic possibility.
“This involves creating contexts in which those who are family members or friends or co-workers know that there are pathways and avenues to raise concerns and seek help for those who they have perceived to be radicalizing and potentially radicalizing towards violence,” the official said.

Biden began his presidency with a stark warning in his inauguration speech about the “rise in political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.” On June 1, Biden described the threat from “white supremacy” as the “most lethal threat to the homeland today.”
The Biden administration said it would also work with large technology companies on “increased information sharing” to help combat radicalization.
“Any particular tech company often knows its own platform very well,” the official noted. “But the government sees things — actually, threats of violence — across platforms. They see the relationship between online recruitment, radicalization, and violence in the physical world.”
The Department of Homeland Security also plans to deploy “digital literacy” and “digital fitness” programs to help combat “malicious content online that bad actors deliberately try to disseminate.”
The official reassured reporters that the administration’s new strategies would remain “laser-focused” on stopping violent acts.
“This is a strategy that is agnostic as to political ideology or off the spectrum,” the official said. “What matters is when individuals take their political or other grievances and turn that — unacceptably, unlawfully — into violent action.”
The official added the Biden administration was taking the threat of domestic terrorism seriously and would redirect the focus of intelligence agencies on internal threats.
“We are investing many agencies of the government and resourcing them appropriately and asking our citizens to participate,” the official said. “Because, ultimately, this is really about homeland security being a responsibility of each citizen of our country to help us achieve.”

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., discusses calls for new COVID origins investigation and Biden’s upcoming meeting with Putin

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Chris Donaldson from Trending Politics reports, For all of his tough talk about the upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden isn’t going to back up his bravado by participating in the traditional joint press appearance between the leaders of the two nuclear powerhouses.

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