What’s a SCTTWH?

The acronym stands for “source close to the White House,” a nameless, faceless group of influential people who guide and shape the news out of Washington. New Republic senior editor Ryan Lizza has done a remarkable public service by surveying White House correspondents and creating a list of insiders that reporters use as unnamed sources. It’s an excellent read, and I highly recommend it. The primary reason political “sources” choose anonymity is that it disguises the real reason for their participation in the news process — these folks all get big bucks from clients with fatted calves to protect and grow. We need less of this and more transparency in the news.
(Via Romenesko)

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