‘The weather here in Washington this week was hot and humid. That’s on background, of course. Do not quote me. You can use the information only if you attribute to “a beltway source who could not be named because he is not authorised to speak about meteorology”.
Here’s what you can quote me on: such ridiculous, pusillanimous, deceitful attributions are a standard tool of the Washington press corps, which as a group is too caught up in its own self-importance and petty competition to understand it has become the cabin boy of the political class. In the name of supposedly informing the audience, Washington reporters are co-conspirators in an ongoing fraud.’