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April 04, 2006

Delay Embargo?

I'm certainly not sad to hear that Tom Delay is resigning his seat in the House, but here's a very little (possibly microscopic) tangent that has me bugged. I just heard a Washington Post reporter on the radio say that they learned this news yesterday around noon, but were “embargoed” and could not publish it until 10 p.m. because that's when Time Magazine was going to release the official announcement.

Huh? “Embargoed”? It doesn't really matter that we had to wait until last night at 10 p.m. to hear this news, but aren't we supposed to have a free press? What kind of screwed up media landscape do we have when major news organizations just sit on stories until they're given permission to publish them?

Posted April 4, 2006 10:39 AM | general politics

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I hate it when the MSM plays games like this.

Posted by: J. Morgan at April 4, 2006 04:12 PM

hmm, I've seen embargoes a lot when journalists sign nondisclosure agreements, but that's mostly when covering businesses.

maybe the WaPo reporter just did it as a professional courtesy for Time?

that is annoying, though.

Posted by: tony at April 5, 2006 07:21 AM

Looks like your site isn't accepting trackbacks. I've posted my response here.

Posted by: Jay Goodman Tamboli at April 5, 2006 07:26 AM

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