censorship bites is discussing:

Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, the authors of "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation," speaking at the National Press Club said that the sit down fell through after he offered to provide background information if they mentioned in the book that he declined to be interviewed, according to reporters at the Wednesday event.

Two New York Times reporters​ claim Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh agreed to be interviewed for their book under the condition that they say he didn’t speak with them.

Yeah, it's called speaking "on background," i.e. off the record. Off the record means just that, not acknowledging or publicizing that an interview took place. I hear journalists have engaged in this practice for over a century...

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