OT: Not authorized?

Oh fun! What's with these people shooting their mouths off about this that and the other and then ....wait for it...here comes that ever-so-oft-used- line:
"one official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record on the matter."
And yet, these 'news' people print this shit as gospel.
You know what? Your wife is boffing the mailman, but I can't tell you that because your wife hasn't authorized me to tell you this.
Am I the only one who thinks this is idiotic?
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What the hell are you talking about? Lou
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That's quite a bit of confusion you got going there, Lou.
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Robatoy wrote:

But wait! If you call in the next...
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I feel your pain, my Brother...not sure where the hell this CAME from, but I feel your pain.
Mike
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It makes the person giving information feel important, it is also used to get around "public officials" who do not want the public to know what is going on. for the most part your feelings about it are right on.
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Robatoy wrote:

<http://news.yahoo.com/comics/uclickcomics/20080622/cx_tmsho_uc/tmsho20080622
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Probably not. But that is another off-topic subject.
What you are referring to is ra "Tip-Off" to the public made through a reporter. The tipster wishes to give the public a "heads-up" or a wake up call about something that seems wrong in government. However, the anonymous tipster has no desire to be a martyr by throwing away his/her job/home/family to some vengeful power-mongers who may be at fault for a screw-up (or even criminal activity). After the tip is given, it is up to the public to use that information any way it chooses. The item may be investigated or ignored.
That is how it works. The press is just absurdly stilted about how they label it (due to court decisions). The disclosure of anonymous tips by the Press is a tradition which goes way back. It is a valuable tool for fighting political and bureaucratic waste, flaws, abuses, and criminal actions.
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Hence my line about being able to say anything as long as you mention that you're not supposed to be talking about something in the first place. No accountability therefore worthless.
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No accountability and therefore some hope of keeping their job. The degree of truthiness on a verbotten topic would be in direct relation to their odds of getting the boot. It's an interesting viewpoint that all unattributed information is worthless. Totally daft, but interesting.
There are several sets of filters to help you separate the wheat from the chaff, the baby from the bath water, the good from the bad. The ultimate filter is the one between your ears - at least from your perspective. that filter may be seriously flawed, but to the individual it seems damn near perfect. The next filter is the publisher - I would put more credence in an unattributed source appearing in an article in the WSJ than in the Enquirer. The next filter layer is the individual journalist. The same way you can safely ignore, or steadfastly agree, with a known critic's review of a movie, you can ignore/agree with a particular journalist.
So, with all of those 'safeguards' in place, and with your damn near infallible personal filter, what the hell are you going on about? Exercise your filters instead of a keyboard.
R
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"News" these days is simply for your entertainment, nothing more or nothing less.
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It makes sense to me. The village idiot may pronounce on rocket science, but so long as he isn't 'authorised to do so' the village council cannot be held responsible for what he's said.
So when I read some thing reported as you cite, then I know that I am either reading something coming from a 'whistle blower' or something from a disgruntled village idiot.
Which makes me somewhat more cautious as to how I integrate that 'information', and I will also know that there is no way that I can hold his/her institution to what (s)he's said.
Whereas if somebody who is authorized makes a statement, it's 'official' and you have some legal basis to hold them responsible for it.
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