White House Influence Leads To ABC News Editing Transcript Of Biden Interview

ABC News edited the official transcript of an interview between President Joe Biden and George Stephanopoulos after receiving pressure from White House officials. The revision was prompted by claims that the original transcript misrepresented Biden’s words.

During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Biden how he would feel if he stayed in the race as the Democratic nominee and lost to former President Donald Trump. The original transcript recorded Biden’s response as, “I’ll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did the goodest job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about.”

Following criticism from the White House, ABC News updated the transcript, noting the changes were made “for clarity.” The revised transcript reads, “I’ll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did the good as job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about.”

The controversy was further fueled by Biden campaign spokesman T.J. Ducklo’s efforts to pressure columnists who quoted the initial version of Biden’s statement. Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, who referenced the “goodest” remark in her op-ed, reported being contacted by Ducklo but did not amend her article.

This incident highlights the tense dynamics between the Biden administration and the media. Dowd pointed out that Biden’s response to Stephanopoulos’ question was poorly received, indicating that the public is less concerned with his personal feelings about losing than with substantive political outcomes.

The transcript alteration and the administration’s reaction underscore ongoing concerns about media integrity and the influence of political pressure on journalistic practices. Ensuring accurate reporting without succumbing to external influences is essential for the credibility of news organizations.

As the administration continues to navigate various challenges, the interaction between the White House and the media remains critical. Maintaining a transparent and accountable press is vital for democracy and public trust.