Sun, May. 30, 2004

Parliamentary Transcripts

CK - Washington.   On May 26, 2004, the press office of the federal diet in Berlin released a statement in defense of its speaker, Wolfgang Thierse, whom the Bild paper accused of changing a parliamentary transcript.

The press office explains that transcripts need not be verbatim; rather, it has always been standard practice to correct mistakes and eliminate redundancies. If I remember correctly, the Congressional Record does not reflect every utterance verbatim, and members have, or used to have, an opportunity to replace their statements with more accurate versions. Perhaps there is a good reason to distinguish the treatment of testimony by witnesses and experts and statements from politicians, although it escapes me right now.


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