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    Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    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.
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    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.
    I find any story based upon "unnamed sources" to be highly suspect.

    To my way of thinking its no different than a religious figure telling the masses that "You have to take it on faith, and if you dare question my version, you are a heretic".

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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polar Bum View Post
    I find any story based upon "unnamed sources" to be highly suspect.

    To my way of thinking its no different than a religious figure telling the masses that "You have to take it on faith, and if you dare question my version, you are a heretic".
    I disagree and apologize for the black and white nature of the poll.

    There is nuance to be seen here.

    Unsubstantiated allegations of past behavior by someone with an axe to grind is highly suspect.

    However, in the case of some reporting of events that happened recently, some people have an absolute necessity to remain anonymous for fear of losing their position.
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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Shucks, there are times I don't even trust named sources...most times...
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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winston View Post
    I disagree and apologize for the black and white nature of the poll.

    There is nuance to be seen here.

    Unsubstantiated allegations of past behavior by someone with an axe to grind is highly suspect.

    However, in the case of some reporting of events that happened recently, some people have an absolute necessity to remain anonymous for fear of losing their position.
    I don't know how it works in other Nations, but I believe in the US a person a right to face their accuser......media, individual, etc.

    In cases such as this, I believe "journalistic integrity" must come before "journalistic priviledge" ....otherwise you set the stage for "guilty" based upon nothing more than "They said".....and the public is expected to take it at face value?

    I think not.

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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    I tend to like traditional mainstream press (largely newspapers) using unnamed sources and wonder about most everyone else when they do it. I tend to like people who have training and receive repercussions for getting it wrong.
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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polar Bum View Post
    I don't know how it works in other Nations, but I believe in the US a person a right to face their accuser......media, individual, etc.

    In cases such as this, I believe "journalistic integrity" must come before "journalistic priviledge" ....otherwise you set the stage for "guilty" based upon nothing more than "They said".....and the public is expected to take it at face value?

    I think not.

    Journalistic integrity means publishing the truth, not necessarily the names of the source.

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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    Journalistic integrity means publishing the truth, not necessarily the names of the source.
    And we are expected to accept the "truth" as the media portrays it with nothing more to go on than "unnamed sources"?

    Has the bar to journalism really been set so low?

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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    Journalistic integrity means publishing the truth, not necessarily the names of the source.
    However when the track record on truth is poor naming the source is a good idea if you want to be taken at all seriously.
    When society throws away the Truth Tellers prepare for the worst, for it is surely coming.
    Open your eyes and your mind and then speak truth..........That is the only way forwards.

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    Re: Do You Trust Unnamed Sources?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polar Bum View Post
    And we are expected to accept the "truth" as the media portrays it with nothing more to go on than "unnamed sources"?

    Has the bar to journalism really been set so low?
    We are to accept the truth as the media portrays it on the basis of their journalistic integrity over time. That is where the bar has always been.

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