A letter to the editor of the Oklahoman, published Saturday:
How many times have you read this statement in an Associated Press story: “According to an aide who was not authorized to discuss the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity,” or something similar? When the AP uses this source for a story, it is their way of shaping the news. Read “Dems have plan to reopen govt” (Associated Press, Jan. 1). If you want to say something provocative that will motivate a particular group of people and you don’t want to have to take responsibility for your words, just use the “spoke on condition of anonymity” ploy, you get your fake news out, and you never have to defend what you’ve said. Beautiful. Just like this letter to the editor, The Oklahoman would not print it if I refused to attach my name to it.
I am of two minds about this. One of the first rules of journalism is that you never, ever burn a source; then again, secrecy of this sort is why we have a Deep State in the first place. Steve Monroe, who wrote the above letter, certainly has an opinion on the matter.