In the wake of the fallout over David Carr’s piece on the Fox News PR machine our fellow mb blog PRNewser has managed to get NPR media reporter David Folkenflik one of the few reporters to go on the record in the piece on the record. Folkenflik, who was once described by Geraldo Rivera as “a really weak-kneed, backstabbing, sweaty-palmed reporter” (it’s in his NPR bio) had this to say:
As a general rule, I comment on the record whenever I have something relevant to say, or some informed perspective to offer. As a reporter, I ask people to speak on the record with me all the time…But because I’m being as faithful as I can to the truth, I’m not too concerned how it affects my relationship with Fox News, or any other organization I cover, for that matter. I can’t pull my punches simply because I anticipate it might make my workday a little less unpleasant.