This is awesome. The government, as a public agency, should rarely be hiding things from the public. There is a place for secrecy. There is sensitive information that the public should not know. That said, for literally 99% of government dealings, they shouldn’t need to go off the record. News outlets keep government accountable, as even President Obama recently said. There’s no place for off the record meetings when addressing a scandal that involves suppressing the press. Good on you New York Times.