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.