A big pet peeve – the perversion of a new rule (put in place in response to ethical problems) to the point where pre-new-rule situation continues to prevail but under cover of following the rule. (If you can follow that.) From a Times story today about the Letterman show:
“One longtime late-night production executive, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of associations with competing programs, said . . .”
How does what he said add anything to the story unless we can know who he is. . . from the way it’s worded, sounds like story is quoting the competition. If so, say so fer god’s sake!