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WH Wants To Stop Anonymous Sourcing

From CNN’s Reliable Sources and The Hill:

Gibbs: White House proposed end to anonymous administration sourcing

By Tony Romm – 04/18/10

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs approached White House reporters earlier this year in an attempt to end the long-standing practice of sourcing claims to anonymous administration officials, he told CNN on Sunday.

During that meeting with the press corps, Gibbs offered correspondents a no-background policy, in which the White House would only give on-the-record interviews if reporters promised not to cite unnamed sources, he explained to host Howard Kurtz in an interview on "Reliable Sources."

"I think we could all put what we want to say to the American people and to the news media all on the record," he said. "I’ve offered to end it. But it’s got to be a two-way street."

[Excerpts from the CNN interview:]

GIBBS: I will say this. Yes, we had a discussion with the White House correspondents earlier in the year about the use of background sources. And I offered the Correspondent’s Association — I said, "Let’s end background." Right? We won’t do background. You don’t do background.

KURTZ: And the reaction?

GIBBS: And the — the specific offer was if you’ve got a background source, one — you should put them on the record. And if you’re not going to put them on the record, then have somebody at the White House

KURTZ: Give an on the record response…


GIBBS: Give — give them an opportunity


GIBBS: … to say that that is or is not true. And we would attach our name to it.

Gosh, all of a sudden Mr. Obama and the Democrats want to do away with ‘anonymous sources,’ which have been the bread and butter of journalism at least since the halcyon days of Watergate.

(The earlier posted news of Mr. Gates’ ‘memo’ about Iran wouldn’t have anything to do with this, would it?)

Will the media comply?

Of will the Obama administration have to nationalize them with ‘bailouts’ first?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “WH Wants To Stop Anonymous Sourcing”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Where did all those “Patriotic” CIA bureaucrats that leaked intelligence left and “left” while Bush was in office?

  2. U NO HOO says:

    Valerie Plame please call the White House.

  3. Control.. that is their game.. Control the message.

    They want to turn the press into snitches on their sources perhaps? How curious.

    While some “sources” might occasionally spit out rumor, we usually discover where there is smoke, a fire has been.

    • proreason says:

      Every day its something new.

      Those thousands of new white house staffers stuffed in office buildings throughout Washington weren’t hired to sit around and twiddle their thumbs.

      It’s a race to see how much they can destroy between now and nov 2, 2010……and then before nov 4, 2012.

      I’m assuming we will have an overwhelming victory in 2010, but will still be depending on the Republicans to actually stop this madness.

      And that’s a big risk.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      “Control.. that is their game.. Control the message.”

      Touche’. The MSM has either bought into Barry’s scheme hook line and sinker or are just too stupid to figure out they’re being manipulated into becoming a propaganda machine.

      “It’s a race to see how much they can destroy between now and nov 2, 2010……and then before nov 4, 2012.”

      Yes, yes, yes that’s exactly what I’ve been feeling.

    • Mithrandir says:

      I actually DON’T WANT the W.H. to get rid of Gibbs! He is a 19th Century snake oil salesman, or some sleazy carny at the “Guess Your Weight” booth.

      What better face of this non-transparent administration than the face of an obviously lying scumbag! Keep this guy on as long as they can. I am sure the public is just as frustrated watching him as I am.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Paraphrasing: “Don’t do to US what we do to THEM.”
    That about sums it up.

    This is how I BECOME tone-deaf to liberals: They have unreasonably high standards for everyone else but themselves. Kennedy let his mistress drown, Senator Byrd is a former KKK member, Clinton had sex with his intern while Jessie Jackson comforted him while HE had a pregnant intern of his own!

    Become tone-deaf, and ignore everything the liberals say and do.

  5. joeblough says:


    Zeig Heil!

    You don’t have to wait long these days till the beast shows its teeth.

    Sort of impressive in a lethal toxic kind of way. Sort of like watching a king cobra dance, coil and bare its fangs for the strike.

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