The New York Times now considers the mere fact that someone is a Wall Street executive to be a sufficient reason to grant them automatic anonymity in a story. So the neighbors don't find out.

The Times has an easy-jokey blog-bait story today about how, hey, I-bankers don't get no respect any more! Let's roll that killer quote:

“I’d almost rather say I’m a pornographer,” said a retired Wall Street executive who, for self-evident reasons, asked not to be identified. “At least that’s a business that people understand.”

Who knows what would happen to his personal and career life if people found out he was a Wall Street executive? And one who feels that people don't fully understand his industry, at that? Total ruin! [NYT]