View Poll Results: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

Voters
39. You may not vote on this poll
  • Yes

    3 7.69%
  • No

    15 38.46%
  • Depends

    21 53.85%
Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 42

Thread: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

  1. #21
    InnKeeper Most Pleasant
    PleasantValley's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    Deer Park, TX
    Last Seen
    06-13-18 @ 11:39 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    1,938

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    To me, "unnamed sources" means it was made up.
    Much like someone making a trolling post that only says what they think and nothing else.
    But, sadly, I think we are seeing the death knell of responsible journalism every day.
    Both sides are moving to the far right and far left and leaving a huge gap right down the middle.

    Walter Cronkite...our nation turns its hungry eyes to you.

    This all started when the NEWS was included into the TV ratings system.
    Now we have NEWS "shows" that vie for ratings rather than just saying what happened.

    On the up side, it gave us some pretty strikingly beautiful "news babes".
    Before is was just men in black framed glasses reading the reports.
    Now there is more leg than a Leggs pantyhose commercial.
    By 2030 we will probably have dancing dogs, pie-in-the-face, and bikini clad weather ladies.
    Last edited by PleasantValley; 01-03-18 at 09:12 AM.
    Will you work to personally PERPETUATE(30%) the political hate, or work to TERMINATE(70%) it?

  2. #22
    User
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Last Seen
    06-14-18 @ 10:33 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Conservative
    Posts
    136

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    I was taught the APA style of writing in college, meaning any quoted information was sourced and named. In formal writing, such as journalism, I appreciate this type of approach the most. Journalists who do not source their information, including unnamed sources, are merely writing/presenting opinion. Such stories belong on the opinion pages or in opinion programs; and should not be presented as news.

    Sometimes unnamed sources are vital to the exposure of information. When a true journalist is presented with such a need, calling out the omission of documentation and subsequently presenting addition supporting factors that are documented helps their cause from a journalistic point of view.

    In other words an unnamed source is akin to a salesman's promise - neither are worth much without documentation.

  3. #23
    Little Miss Sunshine
    TheGoverness's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Houston Area, TX
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 11:00 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Slightly Liberal
    Posts
    26,862

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    Been a lot of denial of reporting based upon the mystery of who told the story. It's a fair question, really. If someone told me a damaging story about someone I loved, I would contemplate it thoroughly and do some fact-checking and research before I acted.

    So, I know people on the right don't believe MSNBC about anything, rightly so. And people on the left, don't believe FOX News about anything, rightly so.

    But, what about when The New York Times or the Washington Post reports a story based around an anonymous source? Do you trust a publication risking their reputation on an anonymous source?

    Anyway, just curious.
    It depends. An unnamed source provided by Infowars for example, I would never trust.
    "Everyone makes mistakes. It's what makes us human."
    CLASS OF 2021
    PRIDE


  4. #24
    Washed up prof. bowler
    Winston's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Last Seen
    Today @ 02:35 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Progressive
    Posts
    8,617

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I do, because WaPo and NYT usually have many, many sources for their pieces. It's not like, "Bobby Joe's cousin come in last week and told me that Sue Ellen slept with Robert Earl."

    You have to be able to trust unnamed sources, if there are enough sources to back up the story. You have to. Otherwise the news media will just die out. Nobody will ever go on record for fear of retribution or retaliation.

    Oddly enough, this whole "fake news" and "unnamed sources suck" was never a real issue until this last year. Wonder why that is?
    Well, part of it, is Obama didn't do outrageous, hard to believe things.

    So, when Trump's actions surface, and everyone's like, "Bruh, he did what? For real, that dude is a deranged mental case."

    His supporters have to deny somehow.

    Shoot the messenger.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mac77 View Post
    It could add fuel to the leftwing attacks on cops that was started by obama when he was president
    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky View Post
    The headline says he resigned, however, he was essentially fired. Michael Bolton needs to bring in his people.

  5. #25
    Sage
    Lovebug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Last Seen
    Today @ 07:26 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    8,757

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    A very loud NO. Trust has been abused, integrity is questionable. Again, NO.
    How can we speak to the pain beneath the anger?
    Author unknown.

    Matthew 5:5-9


  6. #26
    Anti Cult 4 LIfe
    Rogue Valley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Last Seen
    Yesterday @ 07:12 PM
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    15,240

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Depends on the media source, their national/global reputation for credibility and using multiple sources, and their comprehensive track record over time.


    Midterm elections - Tuesday 6 November 2018 - Vote! to remove this nightmare GOP majority Congress.

    Make America Sane Again

  7. #27
    Almost respectable

    Cardinal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Last Seen
    @
    Gender
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    42,685

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    If the unnamed sources are connected with a news vendor that engages in disciplinary actions when its employees fail to follow journalistic protocol, generally yes. When not, no. There's more to it than that, but that's the gist of it.

  8. #28
    I'm kind of a big deal

    AGENT J's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Last Seen
    Today @ 02:15 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    48,070

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Whats the percentage of mainstream stories over the last say 60 years that have come out?

    It seems people think this is somehow NEW? its not.
    All stories need questions and scrutinized, some more than others but a story being unnamed in general doesnt change anything for me. The publisher itself has more affect.
    Quote Originally Posted by MateoMtnClimber View Post
    Yes, gay people absolutely have the right to infringe on other people's religious rights.
    Quote Originally Posted by RamFel View Post
    Genetically human & human being is exactly the same thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    homosexuality is objectively wrong, but because science tells me it is, not politics.
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    I'm not at risk for AIDS. Gays are.

  9. #29
    I'm kind of a big deal

    AGENT J's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Last Seen
    Today @ 02:15 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    48,070

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by Waddy View Post
    I would never trust a story based on an anonymous source. No journalist worth his salt would publish a story based on an anonymous source.
    Unless you are talking about something different than what the OP is asking you know what you said isn't true AT ALL. No name sources have been published frequently over the years and by reputable journalist.

    This is about the journalist not naming thier sources to keep them privet and protected, you know that right?
    Quote Originally Posted by MateoMtnClimber View Post
    Yes, gay people absolutely have the right to infringe on other people's religious rights.
    Quote Originally Posted by RamFel View Post
    Genetically human & human being is exactly the same thing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    homosexuality is objectively wrong, but because science tells me it is, not politics.
    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    I'm not at risk for AIDS. Gays are.

  10. #30
    Professor Soopairik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Location
    California
    Last Seen
    06-08-18 @ 11:24 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Liberal
    Posts
    1,428

    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    I do not trust unnamed sources.

Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •