Friday, April 13, 2007

The value of anonymous sources

Every day, anonymous sources are quoted in political stories in Canadian newspapers. You don't know who they are, what position they are to know anything, what axe they're grinding. They are the tool of lazy reporters. And these people use lazy reporters to manipulate the news. Today, the Toronto Star's Robert Benzies gets burned by an anonymous Liberal source.
Here is the truth.
Really, in all, a nothing story. The only damage done is to Benzies and the Star's credibility.
A good example of why you don't go with a story unless you have it nailed down from someone who knows what they're talking about and is willing to put their good name to the quote. As for Benzies, he might want to cull his Rolodex.

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