Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch asks his followers:
How do you react when a PR person insists on monitoring an in-person or phone interview with a subject?
Some of the responses:
One PR guy taped my iview with a player. Asked why and he said: “We don’t want you to misquote him.” Good start
It’s vexing, esp. if it’s a phone interview & I don’t know it’s happening. Which brings up an ethics question.
As a PR guy, I hate hovering. But sometimes my boss wants me there.
If a PR flak insists on being around/censoring, then your story is probably already compromised.
On rare occasions when it happened, I felt compelled to be tougher with subject, to control the room
I don’t care if they’re just monitoring things, but if they do so they’re potentially part of the story.