Again, though, the issue is control.
“With interviews, the president has more power to choose his timing, questioners and format, in hopes of delivering a certain message in a setting that’s not always hard-hitting,” Benac writes.
“ ... Wide-open opportunities to challenge the president on the events of the day have become increasingly rare,” she adds.
Critics argue against a “media filter” that blocks messages elected officials intend. But a strainer on the other end, one that takes stringent control of imagery and information and offers only spin, damages credibility, too.
— Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. April 4, 2013.