Because we need some comic relief, here’s PJ with a guide to Punditspeak, translating terms you’ll hear in the punditsphere into English. Viz:
highly placed source—anyone dumb enough to answer my emails or phone calls.
highly placed source speaking on condition of anonymity because—because they’re dumb but not suicidal.
on background—the highly placed source is pulling this out of his ass.
on deep background—the highly placed source is pulling this out of somebody else’s ass.
studies show—I’m pulling this out of my own ass.
The whole thing is pretty funny.