Disinfo: The New York Times sends stories to the US government for approval


The New York Times sends its pieces to US government for approval.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting Western media outlets as subservient to their respective national governments and militaries.

This claim that the New York Times sends articles to the US government for approval is misleading. The newspaper's "admission" that government officials were approached regarding the details of an ongoing story proves only that its reporters rely on sourcing - a standard and founding practice of investigative journalism.

Moreover, the same officials are not able to modify or retract the details of any story they had been consulted on, given that the New York Times banned quote approval in 2012.


  • Reported in: Issue156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: fake news, Mainstream media, Propaganda, The New York Times


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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