Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Damn Straight

Justin Elliot takes the NYT, the LAT, the AP, the WaPoo, the Boston Globe, and CNN (and by implication, among others) to task for shameless stenography:

Now, there are legitimate uses for anonymity in journalism. But it's hard to see how granting an administration official anonymity to advance an entirely self-serving argument -- thus removing the risk that the official can be challenged on what he or she said in the present or later on -- serves any defensible purpose.

And what self-serving argument are we talking about? The first label for this blog post may give you a hint.

[Added] Related: Fallows, "More on 'Destroy the Town'."

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