Should-Read: The point of reporters quoting spin doctors is that they will then call the reporters again with a one-hour breaking of an embargo, and the reporters' editors will be pleased. The fact that the reporters are systematically misinforming their readers by, as Nick Confessore says, "cultivating sources", is, for Maggie Haberman and company, neither here nor there: Steve M.: DEAR MEDIA: WHAT'S THE POINT OF QUOTING SPIN DOCTORS?: "Maggie Haberman posted... on Twitter...

...Many mainstream journalists think they're informing the public when they quote a spin doctor at length in a written story, or let one hold forth for several minutes on radio or TV.... What is the informational value in this? BREAKING NEWS: Unswerving Trump loyalist is unswervingly loyal to Trump. MUST CITE NPR.... If you're not even going to challenge these interviewees when they interrupt the spin long enough to give you an opening, why interview them at all?..."

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