Anonymous Reporter, On-Record Source

So here’s an odd moment in the annals of journalism: A City Council Member, Lew Fidler of Brooklyn, gave an on-the-record cell phone interview to the anonymous blogger who’s been covering the Speaker’s race on this site.

“She was … the term that was used most often — in a positive way — the lowest common denominator,” he told his anonymous interlocutor of the Speaker-select, Chris Quinn.

I asked Fidler how he felt about giving an interview to an anonymous reporter. He said he didn’t seem much problem with it.

“He called me,” Fidler said. “I said, ‘Oh my goodness, your phone number just came up on caller ID.’ He said, ‘No it didn’t,’ and I said, ‘No, I’m just busting your balls.'”

“The blog was entertaining,” Fidler added. And speaking to the blogger “wasn’t the leap of faith. The leap of faith was when I sent my credit card information to them so I could buy T-shirts and mugs.”