In the opening paragraphs of chapter four, it talked about how an interview between reporters from the Washington Post and Donald Rumsfeld that was posted online by the Department of Defense in order to show people how snippets of interviews can be taken out of context.

As soon as I read chapter four, “Newsmakers Turn the Tables,” I found an example of an interview with Vice President Dick Cheney on The New York Times blog, ABC News correspondent Martha Raddatz asked the Vice President about the unpopularity of the Iraq war:

Raddatz: Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.

Cheney: So?

Raddatz: So? You don’t care what the American people think?

Cheney: No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls. There has, in fact, been fundamental change and transformation and improvement for the better. That’s a huge accomplishment.

The transcript of this exchange can be found online at the ABC news Web site. I think that posting interview transcripts online is not only in the best interest of the interviewee, but also the interviewer. This transcript shows the blatant disregard of public opinion that Vice President Cheney has toward the American people.

The author suggests that posting transcripts online is frightening to journalists because it undermines their authority of having the final word, but I think this a great feature. Posting transcripts is a way to give a reader insight on the entire exchange between the interviewer and interviewee, and if a politician or any other popular figure wants to backtrack on their statements, there is a source the journalist can point to in order to defend their stories.

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