Howard Kurtz picks up yesterday’s question thrown out by NPR’s Don Gonyea‘s report on the Edith Clement rumors.
“Did the Bush team put out misinformation on that crazy Tuesday to steer reporters away from John Roberts? We can’t answer the question definitively because the journalists involved have a Matt Cooper problem — they promised their sources anonymity, regardless of motive. But I can tell you that some of them are ticked and feeling misled,” Kurtz writes.
Leftist bloggers are hopping mad over this, which they see as just the latest in the Rovian manipulations of the Washington press corps. Atrios writes, “I really missed the memo when we were told that journalists who promised confidentiality to their sources were obligated to maintain that confidentiality even after learning that they’d been lied to. This isn’t about keeping promises, it’s about maintaining access and shame on all of them for pretending otherwise.”
Like Atrios, we’ll make the same deal we’ve made in the past: Anyone who wishes to out an anonymice source, email us confidentially or use the tip box.
Who was the Edith Clement source?