Friday, March 7, 2008

When `Off the Record' Isn't

I'm hoping my journalist friends will weigh in with answers on this.

Two days ago Obama staffer Samantha Power was quoted by a newspaper as saying[the italics are mine]:

"In Ohio, they are obsessed, and Hillary is going to town on it, because she knows Ohio's the only place they can win.

"She is a monster, too — that is off the record — she is stooping to anything," Ms Power said, hastily trying to withdraw her remark.

This morning Power resigned.
"With deep regret, I am resigning from my role as an advisor [to] the Obama campaign effective today. Last Monday, I made inexcusable remarks that are at marked variance from my oft-stated admiration for Senator Clinton and from the spirit, tenor, and purpose of the Obama campaign. And I extend my deepest apologies to Senator Clinton, Senator Obama, and the remarkable team I have worked with over these long 14 months."

Personally, I don't care who works for Barack-star or Hill. I'm just wondering when something is "off the record" and who decides.


Joey said...

IMO, if you're talking to a journalist, nothing is off the record. If you don't want it reported, don't say it.

Kingsley said...

Joey is right. Be clear about the terms and conditions before you open your pie hole.

On a more important note, I find that Samantha Powers sort of attractive in that crazy liberal policy wonk way. Maybe instead of quitting she should have opted for the spanking punishment for speaking out of turn.

Kingsley said...