Reporters interviewing Amber “must agree not to ask … about the controversial remarks”

In a story about controversies this season on Big Brother, the AP’s Derrik J. Lang reveals that journalists are being asked to limit their questions beyond previous limits in order to get access to the jury members.

Selected “reporters granted access to houseguests-turned-jury members have been told by CBS they must agree not to ask [Amber] Siyavus or [Jameka] Cameron about the controversial remarks” that Amber made if she’s evicted this week. Previously, “reporters interviewing the six sequestered evictees who will make up the show’s jury and decide the $500,000 grand-prize winner usually agree to only ask houseguests about conversations that they were physically present for in the house,” the story says (disclosure: I’m quoted in the story).

Why can’t they even be asked about things they said and conversations in which they participated? “A CBS spokeswoman said asking Siyavus or Cameron about the comments could influence the jury voters and affect the integrity of the game,” the AP reports.

If Amber does get evicted, we’ll see what media organizations decide to play along and ask softball questions just to get access to her. But the Associated Press will not be one of them; the story says that, as a result of CBS’ demands, “The AP will decline to interview Siyavus and Cameron.”

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