To get good insightful answers, how the question is framed matters. I missed an opportunity on Thursday
The US Government's Environmental Protection Agency is fighting an Associated Press journalist, and its getting ugly.
One of the EPA's attacks on the journalist is his email opening history:
"The Environmental Protection Agency is all over Michael Biesecker, a reporter for the Associated Press. His reading habits, for instance. 'We are able to see who opens our emails,' says an EPA official, referring to press-release blasts sent out by the agency. 'Michael very rarely opens a positive story about [EPA Administrator] Scott Pruitt. He only opens stories where he tries to create problems.'"
A good reminder for journalists that we're being tracked. Each time we click a press release to read more, a good example being emails from Ontario's Special Investigations Unit, we're giving press handlers plenty of information.
It's good practice, and one that I use, to not click in emails and instead navigate directly to press releases and backgrounders in our web browsers.