Monday, January 23, 2006


As I browse through various news pieces recently, I keep reading this exact phrase:

“… official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official is not authorized to speak publicly."

Apparently the Associated Press has developed a “cut and paste” way of telling a story that may or may not have legitimate sources or our government officials want to disseminate information without having to take responsibility for the poor information that is disseminated.

I suspect the Associated Press is using this same verbiage to describe both scenarios. This type of reporting is not acceptable to me. It is no different than spreading rumors. News consumers need to know the names of sources and government officials need to take responsibility for their comments.

It is no wonder our government is mostly inept. Our press and our public officials are complete cowards.

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