In his article the Puppetry of Quotation NYT's David Carr wrote:
...But something else more modern and insidious is under way. In an effort to get it first, reporters sometimes cut corners, sending questions by e-mail and taking responses the same way. What is lost is the back-and-forth, the follow-up question, the possibility that something unrehearsed will make it into the article. Keep in mind that when public figures get in trouble for something they said, it is usually not because they misspoke, but because they accidentally told the truth. Article
Is the media selling out, sacrificing the bare-naked truth for access?
Did the media bring this on themselves by misquotes and out-of-context sound bites, or have the famous people just taken advantage of a power grab?
Is it ok for the interviewee, in the public arena, to have the ability to pick and choose which of their words we see/hear?
What happened to the good old days when any publicity was good publicity?