NEWSWATCH by Thomas Griffith: Just Don't Quote Me

Newswatch Thomas Griffith

Washington is full of names that make news and of news that is made anonymously by the very same people. This arrangement, convenient to all sides, can also be worrisome. Much of the punditry of Washington columnists and the daily run of informed content in newspapers, newsmagazines and on the air is based on anonymity. A Deep Throat may happen along only once in a decade, but in Washington a lot of shallow throats and wagging tongues are in action all the time.

Insiders get good at deciding who could have said what, particularly when anonymity operates by understood...

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