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If you're close to a top political leader and he tells you something is off the record and you go
back to your news organization and you say, “What do you know about this subject?” without
saying what you do know, but just ask about it--and I've done this on occasion--and the news
people say, “Well this is what's happening,” and they had the story themselves, then what do
What did you do?
I stepped away from it.
You let them make the decision?
Sure. If I'd ever been called on it I would have said exactly what I've said to you,
that I discovered they already had it and I didn't try to pull it back because I didn't make any
agreement to pull it back. All I agreed to was that I wasn't going to talk. There are some
journalists in Washington who will not go to off the record affairs, dinner parties and things
of that kind, because it really hamstrings them. But this is another subject entirely.
Along with our general subject of the kind of unique position you've had in your career,
and since we're nearing the end of this process--we'll be releasing these soon to live a normal
life [laughter] --I can't resist the opportunity to ask you, you've had so many varieties of
opportunities other than playing the role you did at CBS. It could have been [Elmo] Roper
and Stanton, it could have been a cabinet post at the White House, it could have been senator
from Utah. Are there any of those opportunities or ones that you haven't even told me about
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