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Secret Jail Recording May Doom Kidnapping Suspect

Man's alleged confession was 'off the record' to a reporter but not the FBI

(Newser) - "Off the record" doesn't mean the same thing in jail. It's a lesson Matthew Muller may learn the hard way. The Harvard graduate and respected immigration lawyer—suspected in at least five kidnappings in California over the past six years—may be undone because a prison interview... More »

NYT, AP Boycott Holder's Off-Record Media Powwow

Meeting 'isn't appropriate' as outlets 'aggressively covering' scandal

(Newser) - Eric Holder just wants to talk to reporters, without worrying about any pesky reporting. The attorney general has called an off-the-record meeting with the Washington bureau chiefs of several major media outlets to discuss the Justice Department's handling of leak investigations , but two of the most major—the AP... More »

McChrystal Allies Say Reporter Broke Ground Rules

Military, Rolling Stone offer differing accounts

(Newser) - Stanley McChrystal's allies are pushing back against the notion that he and and his staff made their disparaging remarks on the record and had no qualms about seeing them published. They tell the Washington Post that Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings broke agreed-upon ground rules by quoting them in off-the-record... More »

Obama: Kanye's a 'Jackass'

Off-the-record remark gets on Twitter; rest is history

(Newser) - President Obama got in on the Kanye West-bashing today, calling the rapper a “jackass” for his interruption of country star Taylor Swift during an MTV awards show Sunday. Obama made the remark in an off-the-record portion of an interview with CNBC, the Huffington Post reports, but that didn’t... More »

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