The New York Times is receiving a mix of criticism and confusion after deciding not to use audio from an interview with President Donald Trump's senior policy adviser Stephen Miller because the White House reportedly would not allow it.
The newspaper said it agreed not to use the audio because ground rules for how Miller's interview would be used were not clearly established. The issue is that Davis interviewed Miller a few weeks ago for a big story about the topic, but hadn't discussed the other ways the audio could be used.
Miller, who is Jewish, argued in White House meetings that the new policy would deter illegal immigration.
The Times, which spoke to Miller on the record, said it conducted an "extended interview" with Miller over the weekend for an article about the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy, which includes taking kids away from their parents as they cross the U.S. -Mexico border.
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He slammed the White House for continuously claiming that they are simply enforcing the law.
But Miller has proved undaunted.
Meanwhile, Politico reports that Miller, along with officials in the departments of Justice, Labor and Homeland Security and the Office of Management, is quietly plotting "fresh immigration crackdowns" ahead of the midterm elections.
Among the ideas being circulated: tightening rules on student visas and exchange programs; limiting visas for temporary agricultural workers; making it harder for legal immigrants who have applied for any welfare programs to obtain residency; and collecting biometric data from visitors from certain countries. Moments like these expose the limits of transactional journalism.