The Winner of Anono-Geddon, Round One: BuzzFeed

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
July 30 2012 11:14 AM

The Winner of Anono-Geddon, Round One: BuzzFeed

On Friday, I asked readers to vote on three anonymous quotes, and tell me which one was the most ridiculous example of un-earned source secrecy. Rather boringly, we came out with a tie between BuzzFeed's "Team Romney Readies For 'Saturday Obama Surprise,'" with its mysterious Romney adviser, and Roll Call's "Florida Candidates Aim to Stand Out in Ad Crush," with a mysterious "plugged-in GOP strategist."

As the moderator, I give the win to... BuzzFeed! In that story, the anonymous adviser is basically looking for a fresh, phony way to get media attention for in-country Romney surrogates. His strategy: Float the idea that "the other campaign is planning a surprise," and hope that the reporter doesn't remember or care when the "surprise" never happens.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

TODAY IN SLATE

Foreigners

More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

iOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

Jurisprudence

Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. Then I Married Someone Like Him.

  News & Politics
Weigel
Sept. 17 2014 12:02 PM Here It Is: The Flimsiest Campaign Attack Ad of 2014, Which Won’t Stop Running
  Business
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
  Life
Outward
Sept. 17 2014 1:59 PM Ask a Homo: Secret Ally Codes 
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 1:26 PM Hey CBS, Rihanna Is Exactly Who I Want to See on My TV Before NFL Games
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 1:01 PM A Rare, Very Unusual Interview With Michael Jackson, Animated
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 12:35 PM IOS 8 Comes Out Today. Do Not Put It on Your iPhone 4S.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 11:18 AM A Bridge Across the Sky
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.