On NPR this morning I heard a newscaster say a phrase something like this: (paraphrased)
… Bank declined to interview, but in a phone call said, "We are making (quote) every effort (unquote) to …"
I assume that the bank spokesperson didn't actually say "quote" and "unquote", and that that was added by the journalist. It seems to me that the journalist (consciously or unconsciously) wanted to communicate his own doubt about the meaning of "every effort".
I'm curious what this journalistic/rhetorical device might be called. Is there a word for it?