June 21, 2013

Enough already with this “condition of anonymity” business. One such reference popped up in the article about Washington lawyer Keith Harper, a member of the Cherokee Nation who raised more than $500,000 for the president’s 2012 campaign and was named, with the rank of ambassador, the representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva [“Obama taps Native American fundraiser for U.N. Council,” news article, June 13].

Basic biographical information about Mr. Harper — “active in human rights and civil rights organizations and . . . a delegate to the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa” — was attributed “to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about a nominee’s background.”

What kind of journalism is that? A White House official may announce an appointment but is “not authorized to talk about a nominee’s background”? Does The Post have no access to Google or Yahoo or any printed source of biographical information?

Tom C. Korologos, Washington

The writer was U.S. ambassador to Belgium from 2004 to 2007.