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Wednesday, June 16, 2004
 

Time for a Kerry pledge on anonymous briefings


Now, it's still about 5½ months till election day and one understands Kerry refraining for making commitments that supervening events could make impossible or inconvenient to carry out.

Here's a nice, simple one that is not event-contingent:
No one in my Administration, acting for the Administration, will give statements to journalists otherwise than on the record.

That's just a first draft. It would still be worth having if it were limited to matters not concerned with national security. One might look at briefings on deep background - which are not quoted, anonymously, in reported speech or otherwise - as worthy of an exception. It needs work.

But, if Kerry wanted to make a commitment to shake up official Washington which wouldn't add to the deficit...


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