What does “off the record” actually mean and why should I care?

A news reporter may take statements off the record for good reason. The usual good reason is that disclosing the information would jeopardize the source. More off the number Porter takes the information anonymously and conceals it source, but reports it.

A reporter news outlets seldom has good cause to a sept information off the record from a public figure. Such an agreement puts the reporter in the service of the official, co-opted in a deal that prevents the public from learning the facts or issues. The reporter will often agreed to enhance his standing with the official or get advantage over the competition, but seldom to advance public understanding.

Worse yet, been pledged to secrecy, the reporter is in a bad spot if he learns of the story elsewhere, but it still pledge to secrecy. An official can’t affectively spike a story by telling it with the “OTR “pledge.

President elect Trump knows this, and he turned it to his advantage in a recent meeting with top news media people. They excepted the deal, so they cannot relate what happen without the soldering the promise, violating their odd notion of ethics and making themselves stink with the very people from home they are currying favor.

But Trump, himself, is not bound to secrecy. So he trash the room for a journalist, circulating his own version of the events, and left the press fuming and unable to answer. Serious  journalists should not go off the record with public officials!

it’s bad practice for journalist to suck up to elected officials and agree to keep her secrets. It’s part of the pattern of politicians  co-opting the press. Thank of Kennedy. Think of Obama.

The next four years and years to come will be better if the press sheds  it’s symbiosis  with government incumbency. So far, Trump is doing a service by disrespecting the cozy relationships that I’ve been aggrandizing government and dragging the nation down.

Now without an effective and trusted  “legitimate press” we have given rise to a cult-a serious theological cult. I worry about false prophets.

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