I remember Patrick Klepek talking about this a year or two ago. I have a question about general journalistic expectations when transcribing quotes.
So a producer for the Grammerys recently said some shitty stuff about women in the music industry.Variety quoted him as saying “women need to step up”.
The headline is
Grammys So Male? ‘Women Need to Step Up,’ Says Recording Academy President
with the those 5 words in quotes.
The article gives the full quote:
“It has to begin with… women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level… [They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome. I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that you face but I think it’s upon us — us as an industry — to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.”
With [They need] in brackets.
What do the brackets mean?
I’m conflicted, because now i’m not entirely sure what he said. There are a lot of things that could be alternatives to that [they need] that would be way less offensive. Like [The industry needs].
But do the quotes in the headline mean what he really said was [Women need]?