Saturday, March 02, 2013

Auto Anonymity

One blogger expressed irritation at the rule that reporters always grant themselves anonymity.  The blogger approves of rules restricting the granting of anonymity (and wishes they were actually followed).  But, for some reason absolutely incomprehensible to the blogger, reporters are expected to refer to themselves not with "me","myself" and "I" or even the verbose and pompous "this reporter" but with "a reporter." or "one reporter" Thus a reporter is expected to deliberately suppress information on whether one reporter who is quoted is the same damn reporter who is quoting.  When one reporter quotes a leading or tricky question asked by one reporter, one blogger wishes he or she knew if those reporters were wearing the same socks at the time.

I am fairly confident that Ezra Klein is "a reporter" mentioned by Ezra Klein



Would it matter, one reporter asked the veteran legislator, if the president were to put chained-CPI — a policy that reconfigures the way the government measures inflation and thus slows the growth of Social Security benefits — on the table?
One reporter is being mischevious here, since our one president has put chained CPI on the table.  A congressperson (anonymity granted) said "Absolutely".  The socially useful spartypantsing seems to me characteristic of one reporter who shares eyebrows weith Ezra Klein.

If you think that the blogger is being a twit, tell me in comments.  I am in constant contact with him or her.-  



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