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Investigative reporter Charles Johnson, who contributes to The Daily Caller, says he put his safety at risk to land a story and video on U.S. Senate hopeful Cory Booker, who hopes to occupy the New Jersey seat come Wednesday in a special election.
The story asserts that Booker has never lived in Newark.
“WHERE’S CORY?” the headline asks.
Johnson, in an email blast to those who receive his stories, wrote, “Dear friends, This past week I went to Newark for the day and interviewed a number of people on camera about Mayor Cory Booker. It wasn’t the safest thing I’ve done lately but it was a lot of fun.”
What was unsafe about it? We asked. Read more
In Washington, the phrase “off the record” is tossed about like candy on Halloween. It’s often the only reason someone will agree to speak to a reporter, and for a city that largely operates in secrecy, reporters here find it to be a daily necessity. The tricky thing is, it means wildly different things to different people. So we reached out to journalists, bureau chiefs and others around town to find out what it means to them.
Toby Harnden, Washington Bureau Chief, London’s The Sunday Times: “It’s a bar at the Hay-Adams. It’s also a term used in Washington by people who are about to tell you something really boring that you probably knew anyway, or was blindingly obvious, and you wouldn’t want to publish. But if you did want to publish it and you agreed to it being off the the record (it’s an agreement the journalist has to be part of) then you could use the information but not attribute it to anyone by name or affiliation or quote it directly.”
Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. “In my view, ‘off the record’ means you can’t use the information in a story and you can’t use the information in reporting – for instance, going to a second source and asking him or her to confirm what you learned off-the-record from the first source. However, that’s often not what people intend when they say ‘off the record.’ They often mean “on background” – that is, that the information can be used in subsequent reporting and even quoted as long as their name isn’t attached to it. So I often follow up an ‘off the record’ comment by saying, ‘OK if I use this information and just don’t attribute it to you by name?’ Nine times out of 10, they’ll say yes. But I don’t feel free to do that with information designated ‘off the record’ unless I have that subsequent exchange. Actually, if you then say, ‘I’d really like to use this information, but our rules are very restrictive on the use of anonymous sources,’ five times out of 10 they’ll put it on the record – better still.”
See the rest including a bonus anonymous response… Read more
We recently brought you 10 Washington journalists whose names (only) could qualify them for a certain other profession – the list included such great potentials as Daily Caller intern Gabe Finger, Politico‘s Ginger Gibson and CQ Roll Call‘s Jason Dick. We firmly stand by those choices. But we quickly realized there are clearly 10 more. And hey, it’s August, so if there’s a stray from Manhattan we’re still letting him or her on the list.
Graphic by Austin Price.
See who made the cut…
1. Filner’s sketchy record — Though San Diego Mayor Bob Filner‘s past record on sexual harassment shouldn’t come as any big surprise to anyone, it’s still jarring to see it in black and white. Today, Charles Johnson of The Daily Caller spells out the details of Filner’s record while in Congress. While he protested adamantly about sexual harassment and assault in the military and attacked an opponent for sexual improprieties, he defended President Bill Clinton. Read the full story here.
Why you should read it: If you aren’t grossed out by Filner at this point, here’s a few more reasons. Plus, there’s a fun parody video out by a local TV station depicting his ridiculous behavior toward women.
2. Morning tear jerker — In an opinion piece published Monday night, Michael Gerson writes a compelling personal essay about saying goodbye to his eldest son going off to college. He writes, “The emotions of a parent, I can attest, are an odd mix: part pride, part resignation, part self-pity, even a bit of something that feels like grief. The experience is natural and common. And still planets are thrown off their axes.” He admits his own intense homesickness when he was a freshman in college and says his son will experience the same. Read the story here.
Why you should read it: This town, man. Only in Washington would a columnist admit to getting emotional advice from a “high-powered Washington foreign policy expert.” God forbid it’s just a neighbor or someone with a boring, ordinary job.
See our last pick…
You’d have thought that the hooker confusion from earlier in the week would’ve been enough excitement for The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor David Martosko, who has spearheaded the publication’s hooker coverage ever since original hooker beat reporter Matthew Boyle left for Breitbart.com.
Today Martosko and Charles Johnson, team up (yes, these things sometimes require teams) to write about a book that came out last year. The headline: “BOOK EXCERPT: Bob Menendez ran political machine in New Jersey’s corrupt ‘ground zero.’” The story contains quotes about Menendez from 2005 and discusses an investigation led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about a nonprofit that rented property from Menendez in the book that came out last year. “Through the courtesy of St. Martin’s Press, The Daily Caller is republishing those pages,” Martosko and Johnson write.
The story basically reiterates… Read more