Quote approval “puts so much control over the content of journalism in the wrong place,” Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson told Sullivan. She quotes from a memo (see in full below) sent to staff:
So starting now, we want to draw a clear line on this. Citing Times policy, reporters should say no if a source demands, as a condition of an interview, that quotes be submitted afterward to the source or a press aide to review, approve or edit.(That's from poynter.org http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/189170/the-new-york-times-bans-quote-approval/)
Quote approval has been front and centre recently. The blogosphere went all atwitter because of Michael Lewis' excellent story and interview with President Obama in Vanity Fair. Lewis said during a subsequent panel discussion that he submitted quotes to the White House but they only made minor changes. This set off a firestorm among the journalati. Actually, it is not unusual that world leaders want to see a transcript before publication. We suspect they won't be in the New York Times from now on, just on TV where they can control their quotes. :)).