As reporters, we frequently allow administration officials and congressional staff aides to speak on "background" or "off the record
" in our private conversations, but those agreements are made selectively in one-one-one situations in an effort to encourage officials to be more forthcoming.
Clinton began by speaking off the record
but later agreed to talk for publication," according to Burros.
It was not an interview and therefore would be off the record
. I said I generally objected to off the record
but would accept the ground rules since we wouldn't be talking about substance.