On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, "Political Director" Chuck Todd referred, during the broadcast of NBC's "Meet The Press" program, to transcripts of tapes made during a meeting by Donald Trump with the editorial board of The New York Times. That act alone destroys any trust you should have in any dealings with this man.
This trust issue of abiding by agreements that something is off the record goes all the way back to The New York Times itself when a meeting between its editorial board and Trump was held and was to be "off the record." Yet tapes were recorded. That's problem No. 1. Then, later, the tapes were either released or leaked to other members of the press who don't honor agreements either.
You see, when a journalist or group of journalists, editors included, offer "off the record" to a source, it is their word that the information is, as it says, off the record. Often that is how deep background information is learned as investigations proceed which are "on the record." It sort of helps point writers to sources and what to look for.
Remember the infamous Watergate, and the source only know as "Deep Throat" remained anonymous until he died, an agreement kept by Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters. Now there were honorable journalists.
Every time you speak with a journalist or editor of any form of news media, you must always assume it is "on the record," unless you and the media members agree BEFOREHAND that what you are going to say is "off the record."
When the tapes came out, they were identified as an "off the record" meeting. So, this is where the dishonor begins...first with the New York Times, and then with every journalist and its media employer dishonoring their trustworthiness as soon as they repeated portions -- or all -- of the meeting's contents, because they reported and acknowledged it was an off-the-record meeting.
And, of course, Todd jumps on the bandwagon and bases his comments and assumptions on the off-the-record tapes. Anyone wanting to protect themselves as a source, can, from this point on, NEVER trust Todd to listen to anything you have to say even if you insist -- and he agrees -- it is off the record.
That's the state of your modern news media outlets, who think they are now so powerful and arrogant that they themselves, and choose what should be on the record or off the record.
Any journalist or news media outlet that refuses to report on the off-the-record taped meeting are true to their word and are the only ones that you may be able to trust.
Remember, there is no honor among thieves. Don't be one and don't trust others.