Not for attribution is the third episode of the fifth season of the hbo original series the wire the episode was written by chris collins from a story by david simon chris collins and was directed by joy kecken and scott kecken it aired on january 20 2008. Off the record describes information that is communicated with the expectation that the listener will not publish the information or attribute the information to the speakeroff the record also refers to asides in business or criminal proceedings that are not entered into the record in journalism off the record is often confused with the term not for attribution. As noted above its important that both sides agree to the terms so before you speak on background off the record or not for attribution spell out your expectations clearly and completely to the reporter. Directed by joy kecken scott kecken with dominic west reg e cathey john doman aidan gillen carcettis master plan for the police department is leaked to the press sending the brass into a panic marlo turns to proposition joe to help with an enviable problem whiting and klebanow drop a bombshell on the newspaper staff. In 1989 the new york times columnist william safire expounded on the differences between off the record on background and not for attribution or what he termed the lexicon of quotability yet a decade later five journalists from the washington post still couldnt agree on common definitions for these terms
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