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Who you calling irrelevant?

The "you" in this question--posed by Herald business editor Greg Gatlin on the paper's Messenger blog earlier today--applies both to me and an unnamed source I quoted in my recent write-up of Kevin Convey's pending promotion to editor in chief.

Gatlin takes issue both with this source's description and with me letting him whack the Herald anonymously. Regarding the second point, I actually think Gatlin may be right. When I covered politics for the Phoenix, I found that blind quotes from sources I knew to be trustworthy often proved more incisive than remarks from people speaking for attribution, who tended to traffick in predictable pablum. In this case, though, the source's anonymity should have made me think twice about using such a damning line.

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