Trib Questions Background Briefings

Building on a story we’ve been asking about too recently, the Chicago Tribune’s public editor explores why Washington reporters play the background briefing game with “senior administration officials”:

Why do the media go along with this absurd practice, which leaves only the last and most important link in the information chain, the reader or viewer, ignorant?

[T]he reason isn’t hard to figure out: SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL and his ilk hold all the cards; they have the information reporters need to report stories, to inform the American people on what their government is doing or proposes to do.

Any background briefings going on this week worth outing?