The New York Times opted not to use an interview with senior advisor to the president Stephen Miller after the White House said they were not comfortable with it being aired on a NYT podcast on Tuesday.
The NYT spoke to Stephen Miller on the record with audio and they spiked it because the White House “were not comfortable using the audio…when they found out his voice was going to be on a podcast they were not happy about it. So they asked us not to use it.”
— Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) June 19, 2018
Julie Davis, a NY Times reporter and CNN political analyst, interviewed Miller for a story that ran last weekend.
The New York Times’ podcast, “The Daily,” hosted by Michael Barbaro, planned on using clips from that interview during the episode on Tuesday, which discussed the topic of family separation at the border.
During Tuesday’s episode, Barbaro said that he intended to play the audio for a segment on the immigration crisis until the White House said they were “not at all comfortable” with Miller’s voice being featured on the podcast.
“They were not happy about it, so they asked us not to use it,” Davis stated, although The New York Times was under no obligation not to feature Miller. According to Josh Sternberg, an editor at AdWeek, the interview was on the record.
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) June 19, 2018
The New York Times issued a statement explaining that they chose not to use it because they felt that, while the interview was definitely on the record, “the ground rules for the interview were not clear and so we made a decision not to run the audio.”