By Andy Schotz | August 24th, 2009
Government reporters across the country- covering town boards and county councils – can’t relate to this, even a smidgen. http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004004734 It’s fine to insist on on-the-record interactions between a reporter and a source, unless there’s an agreement. But that’s just it – it takes two to make an agreement. Why do journalists allow sources to unilaterally impose anonymity? Government reporters know there’s no such this as off-the-record at a public meeting. Are these speeches and briefing public in the same sense? Maybe not for briefings, maybe so for the speeches, but that’s just a guess. This letter is not bad, but when will journalists and their news organizations truly stand up for against this abuse of power? This would never fly in one-on-one interviews; this shouldn’t be any different. It exists because news people tolerate it. I know – who wants to be the first to walk out, and miss a story someone else will get? It’s a matter of competition vs. integrity.