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After canceling a speech in January 2009 at a Midwestern university when a student newspaper objected to her off-the-record terms, a government official said such a practice is common practice in Washington and she has 'spoken widely off-the-record and it has been respected.
In the spirit of greater transparency for government activities, a goal that we in the media applaud, we would like to encourage you to address a common source of friction between reporters and the public officials they cover - off-the-record comments at public meetings.
On a few occasions, Obama administration officials also have gone the off-the-record route at public meetings.
OFF-THE-RECORD MANAGEMENT SURVEYS, The Wall Street Transcript, 67 Wall Street, NY 10005.