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Reporters say the White House sometimes demands edits to press-pool reports

Reporters say the White House edits the info they share with other reporters

Press-pool reports are information shared among reporters. They are meant to be "the news media's eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities," according to The Washington Post. They're used mainly when only a handful of reporters can be present to cover an event, usually due to limited press passes or space.

The reports are written by journalists for journalists — so it's troubling that reporters say these reports are sometimes edited by the White House before the information is shared.

While most of the changes are minor, the edits have been used to produce more favorable coverage for the president. For example, one edit, which was only barely revoked, was a nixing of a reporter's observation that President Obama asked a veteran he was honoring to make a wish, "preferably one that had something to do with the number 270." This happened in 2012, when 270 was the number of electoral college votes Obama needed for re-election.

While White House interference with press-pool reports has occasionally occurred at least as far back as the Ford administration, journalists say edits have increased noticeably under Obama. As a result, the White House Correspondents' Association is researching ways to end official involvement with the reports.