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  •  Exactly (17+ / 0-)

    This is a perfect example of what Cook is advising Republicans to do.  Of course, being Republicans, they can't leak without lying and cheating.  And the MSM, being themselves, couldn't report their way out of a paper bag.  So while Cook's tactic sounds sensible in theory, it's Keystone Kops in practice.

    I wonder if Republican leakers will be given the same police-state treatment that whistleblowers in general have gotten from Holder's DOJ?  Maybe that's one way to get this administration to crack down on Republican malfeasances.  They sure don't seem eager to take on any other ones, from torture to IRS tax code undeserved favors.

    If you want to cut Social Security, you're not a real Democrat.

    by Dallasdoc on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:27:43 AM PDT

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    •  The thing that pops out for me in Cook's piece (6+ / 0-)

      is that he presumes that "sources" will automatically be unnamed.  "Sound theory" in one sense, but corrupt and dishonest.  He is taking an important, serious tool of journalism, reporter privilege, and abusing it.  He's not using it to protect anyone's safety or employment security.  He's using it to obscure political motives.

      Any decent news source at least has some written guidelines on the qualifying needs and limits of invoking reporter privilege.

      The NYT:

      Principles for Granting Anonymity

      The use of unidentified sources is reserved for situations in which the newspaper could not otherwise print information it considers reliable and newsworthy. When we use such sources, we accept an obligation not only to convince a reader of their reliability but also to convey what we can learn of their motivation – as much as we can supply to let a reader know whether the sources have a clear point of view on the issue under discussion.

      In routine interviewing – that is, most of the interviewing we do – anonymity must not be automatic or an assumed condition. In that kind of reporting, anonymity should not be offered to a source. Exceptions will occur in the reporting of highly sensitive stories, when it is we who have sought out a source who may face legal jeopardy or loss of livelihood for speaking with us. Similarly they will occur in approaches to authoritative officials in government who, as a matter of policy, do not speak for attribution. On those occasions, we may use an offer of anonymity as a wedge to make telephone contact, get an interview or learn a fact. In such a case, the reporter should press the source, after the conversation, to go on the record with the newsworthy information that has emerged.

      Cook is not just partisan here.  He is dishonest and without integrity.

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:16:24 AM PDT

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    •  didn't the Heritage Foundation advise the same? (4+ / 0-)

      Telling GOPers to NOT govern, but instead spend all their time hyping manufactured scandals 24/7.

      Republicans are well aware that brainwashing works well with some Americans.

      "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

      by MartyM on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:09:51 AM PDT

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