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I found it ironic that Michael Miner's column [Hot Type, August 11] about journalists' poor showing in the honored profession category was so well illustrated in Ben Joravsky's continuing rant about TIFs [The Works] in the same edition.

In quoting "one county official," Joravsky defended the lack of that official's name by saying the quote was "off the record."

Unless journalism has changed radically in the last week, an off-the-record comment should never appear in print. The trust of a source that an off-the-record comment wouldn't go any farther was a bedrock canon of the profession.

Gary S. Ruderman

E. Washington

Ben Joravsky replies:

I should have written that the quote was "not for attribution."

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