- On Monday, The New York Times said it was going to air an interview Tuesday with White House senior adviser Stephen Miller about President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
- But o n Tuesday’s episode of “The Daily”, they didn’t air the interview.
- Reporter Julie Davis said the White House was not “comfortable” with The Times using the audio from the interview on the podcast.
On Monday’s episode, host Michael Barbaro teased that they were going to have Miller on Tuesday to explain President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
But on Tuesday, reporter Julie Davis said the White House was not “comfortable” with The Times using the audio from their West Wing interview with Miller on the podcast.
The purpose of the interview with Miller was to discuss the evolution of Trump’s migrant family separation policy at the border, and his quotes appeared in a text story on Sunday. But Davis and the White House apparently did not discuss “alternative uses” for the interview.
“When [The White House] found out that [Miller’s] voice was going to be on a podcast discussing this, they were not happy about it,” Davis said. “So they asked us not to use it.”
The Times’ decision to not air the interview with Miller drew questions and criticism from many journalists on Twitter, including Washington Post media reporter Erik Wemple, who thought hearing Miller’s voice “would have enhanced the production quite a bit.”
“It appears that the @nytimes complied with the White House’s insistence that Miller’s voice not be used,” Wemple tweeted, adding, “In the best of circumstances, the @nytimes would have apprised Miller that they wanted to use his voice in a podcast. That said, if the comments were on the record, the @nytimes can decide how to use it.”
In a statement to Business Insider, The Times said the producers of The Daily decided they wanted to use the audio from the Miller interview after the text story was published.
“White House officials objected, saying that they had not agreed to a podcast interview,” the statement read. “While Miller’s comments were on the record, we realised that the ground rules for the original interview were not clear, and so we made a decision not to run the audio.”
The Times reinforced that the substance of the interview with Miller was used in the original story and on Tuesday’s podcast episode, just not the audio.
The White House did not respond when reached for comment.
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