‘Quote approval’ turns press from watchdog to lapdog
"The reason for the system is not even a laudable if misguided desire for accuracy. Rather, it’s a self-serving, hat-in-hand posture of trading independence for access. It’s a complete reversal — no, it’s an abandonment — of the free press’ obligation to report to the public. It’s liberty sold outright in return for an interview that presumably otherwise would be withheld."