ABC News Alters Transcript Of Biden Interview Following White House Pressure

ABC News recently faced scrutiny after editing the official transcript of an interview with President Joe Biden conducted by George Stephanopoulos. The change was made following claims from White House officials that the original transcript inaccurately represented the president’s words.

During the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Biden how he would feel if he remained the Democratic Party’s nominee and lost to former President Donald Trump. According to the initial transcript, Biden responded, “I’ll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did the goodest job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about.”

The next day, ABC News updated the transcript, explaining that the revision was made “for clarity.” The edited version reads, “I’ll feel as long as I gave it my all and I did the good as job as I know I can do, that’s what this is about.”

The alteration sparked controversy, particularly after Biden campaign spokesman T.J. Ducklo reportedly pressured columnists who quoted Biden’s “goodest” moment. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who referenced the original quote in her op-ed, recounted being contacted by Ducklo but did not retract her commentary.

Critics argue that the White House’s intervention and ABC News’ subsequent transcript change reflect ongoing tensions between the Biden administration and the press. Dowd’s piece emphasized that Biden’s response to Stephanopoulos’ question was poorly received, suggesting that no one is concerned about how he feels in the event of a loss.

The incident underscores a broader issue of media manipulation and the relationship between the press and political figures. With accusations of altering records to favor political narratives, this episode highlights the delicate balance journalists must maintain in accurately reporting statements while navigating political pressures.

As the Biden administration continues to face scrutiny over various issues, including this recent transcript controversy, the relationship between the White House and the media remains under the spotlight. Ensuring transparency and integrity in reporting is crucial for maintaining public trust and accountability.