Re: Your Opinion, Please?
There are a number of things to consider here:
Sometimes people being interviewed are content to relay certain information to the interviewer to convey a certain idea, but those people are only speaking to the interviewer (whom they know and trust) and may not be conscious of the ultimate audience to which it may be relayed at a later time. And so they may say indiscreet things or controversial things or certain things which may distract from the point that they are intending to convey. It therefore may be a beach of trust to quote them verbatim (which is in a sense, out of context) as opposed to stating "words to the effect" of what they were intending to convey.
On the other hand, persons may intend to be fully quoted and not paraphrased and usually the person makes that clear. Eg, "You can quote me on that"