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It’s not complicated: If they say it, you write it. And if you let them take it back, you’re kind of a whore. Maybe a nice person, but not a good journalist:

Journalism in its purest form is a transaction. But inch by inch, story by story, deal by deal, we are giving away our right to ask a simple question and expect a simple answer, one that can’t be taken back. It may seem obvious, but it is still worth stating: The first draft of history should not be rewritten by the people who make it.