6 thoughts on “purely rhetorical question

  1. Actually, no. I think it’s perfectly alright for blogfodder.
    It’s one of those things about the infamous “This is off the record … ” Blogs don’t have rules. So, of course, it’s matter of the author of the blog, wouldn’t you think?

  2. The Coma’s right, of course. But even among us who do go by the Unofficial J Book of Rules, going off-the-record is by mutual agreement — in advance of their juicy background tidbit or bombshell revelation. Least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

  3. Jack is right. It has to be mutual. I do have rules for “No off the record.”
    It involves things to do with children, public monies, those sort of things

  4. Blogs should have the same ethics and fairness as any other medium if we want to be taken seriously and have any credibility.

    If someone says they don’t want to be quoted, I think we ought to respect that. Sometimes they may not even know they are talking/corresponding with a blogger, so I tell them and ask.

  5. I think “I don’t want to read this in the paper” means “this is for your ears only” and shouldn’t be repeated. At all. I just think it’s interesting how people interpret that differently.

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