What Political Reporters Are Told Off the Record

Riggs, Robert L.
April 1955
New Republic;4/11/55, Vol. 132 Issue 15, p8
The article discusses about the ethics of "off the record" information gathering by reporters during parties. The basic ground rule is known as the "Lindley rule," named in honor of Ernest K. Lindley, head of the Newsweek Bureau, who arranged the affairs for many years. The rule is that the reporters do not reveal that the session was held and do not divulge that they ever talked with the informer. For hundreds of dinners, the rules have protected the information givers, the official leakers and the axe-grinders.


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