The New York Times is under fire in some quarters for spiking an on-the-record audio interview with Stephen Miller, President’s Trump’s senior policy adviser.

The interview was to be used on yesterday’s edition of The Daily, the New York Times produced podcast that is distributed for broadcast by American Public Media, the parent company of Minnesota Public Radio.

Miller, considered the architect of Trump’s policy of taking children from parents when they cross the border, had agreed to the interview which was the backbone of a weekend print story.

When the White House objected to using the audio on a podcast, the Times pulled the audio, issuing this statement yesterday.

The Times conducted an extended White House interview with Stephen Miller for a weekend story about the Trump administration’s border policy. Miller was quoted, on the record, in that story.

After the original story was published, producers of “The Daily” planned to talk with the reporter and use audio excerpts from the Miller interview. White House officials objected, saying that they had not agreed to a podcast interview. While Miller’s comments were on the record, we realized that the ground rules for the original interview were not clear, and so we made a decision not to run the audio.

But to reiterate: The Times made extensive use of the Miller interview in both the original weekend story and “The Daily.”

Actually, none of the audio made it to the broadcast.

“There was much discussion about the decision and we took it very seriously,” host Michael Barbaro said at the start of the episode.

In the print story, only one quote of Miller was used.

“No nation can have the policy that whole classes of people are immune from immigration law or enforcement,” he said. “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period. The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.”

Critics, however, see the decision not use the on-the-record audio as another example of a watchdog media caving to the people they cover.

At the Washington Post, blogger Erik Wemple isn’t so sure.

When reporters approach the White House for an interview, the unspoken understanding is that any on-the-record comments will be used for a print article, and that’s the end of it. Here, the newspaper had other ambitions for the interview — ambitions that it would have been wise to pass along to the interviewee.

Granting some deference to a White House headed by a serial liar doesn’t feel, or look, too good. But it embodies a level of caution appropriate for a news organization such as the Times.

The situation also reveals that people in power still don’t quite grasp that traditional core media companies are today’s meatpackers. Nothing goes to waste and is repurposed in a variety of media forms. And print media expanding into the broadcast world are still a bit clumsy about how these things work.

Your newspaper isn’t just a dead-tree thing anymore. But until the people granting interviews understand that, it’s up to the journalists to be clear about the ground rules for interviews.

And radio people, for example, never record an interview without telling the subject that it’s being recorded for broadcast.

The athletic director in Kingsport, Tenn., wins the competition for understatement this week with this observation after a brawl broke out between parents watching their girls play softball.

“It’s a shame this had to happen,” Todd McLemore tells the Kingsport Times News.

The two teams playing were from North Carolina. It started when a group of parents got on an umpire for calls they thought favored the competition. So the parents from the other team took it upon themselves to be the police.

Here’s the original video on Facebook.

Kingsport TN MMA, wait a minute I mean softball

Posted by Bryan Sayers on Saturday, June 16, 2018

When the real cops showed up, everyone dummied up. Nobody claimed to be a victim. Nobody needed medical attention. Nobody saw anything except the spectator who posted the mess to Facebook.

USA Softball kicked both teams out of the tournament as well as future tournaments.

The players are in a 12-and-under softball league.

Not surprisingly, the comments section of the newspaper’s story on the brawl became a fight over President Trump.

President Trump is heading to Minnesota’s Iron Range for a Wednesday evening rally, which had to be moved to a larger venue because so many people wanted to attend.

That’s not particularly noteworthy, but this factoid from today’s Star Tribune assessment of the region still is: the Iron Range is Trump country. Historians will tell you that the politically volatile Iron Range once put the blue in a blue state. The DFL could always count on the Range.

Those days are over.

“Obviously the entire economy up here rotates around the mines. So if the mines are doing good, then we all do good,” Erik Leitz, who opened the BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill in Hibbing six months ago, tells the Strib.

The paper’s poll in January found 70 percent support for Trump, and there’s a fair chance the number would be higher today because of the trade wars that have been sold as helping the mines of the Range, even though the paper reports the fallout could hurt some industries there.

Republican politicians who might have considered distancing themselves from the president in the past, are jockeying to get on the stage in Duluth this evening.

“I don’t know what my role is going be,” said state Sen. Karin Housley, R-St. Mary’s Point, to the Pioneer Press. She’s running for U.S. Senate against U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, a Democrat. “I would love to get on stage with the president and have a chance to address the crowd. But I just don’t know.”

For sure, there’s still some blue to be found in the 8th District: Duluth, certainly, and the college neighborhoods around Brainerd. But the Range’s latest pivot is even taking DFL politicians with it, as Sen. Tina Smith’s Senate amendment of a land swap to help the PolyMet sulfide mine project would seem to suggest. That ticked off a reliably DFL base: environmentalists.

But the Iron Range is much like America itself. No matter what is shown on TV that’s happening between families seeking refuge in the United States, if the times are good in the wallet, politicians and voters can shake just about anything else off.

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