As I am watching the 9/11 commission hearings, Bob Kerrey, former U.S. senator (D-Ind) on the 9/11 commission, blasted the Fox News Network for releasing a transcript of a conversation Richard Clarke had on background. Information provided on background is understood to be anonymous. The reporter can refer to the person as an "official" or something similar, but it is understood that the person's actual name is not used. The idea of anonymity is to help foster the flow of essential information. It protects both the source as well as the reporter.
Fox has blown the cover off of that, and Kerrey took them to task for that.
Clarke's criticisms of the administration's handling of the threat of terrorism has been pointed and has drawn a great deal of fire from supporters of the administration.
For more information, Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo.
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