Unnamed Sources Can Burn the Media

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    Can they ever!

    Unnamed Sources Can Burn the Media
    By Ken Bode for The Indianapolis Star
    May 20, 2005

    There is an old rule of journalism: If your scoop remains a scoop for more than 24 hours, you'd better go back and check your sources.

    Newsweek magazine owned the story of American interrogators at Guantanamo tormenting Muslim detainees by flushing their holy book, the Quran, down a toilet. This was just a small note at the beginning of the magazine, contributed by investigative reporter Michael Isikoff, who achieved fame by uncovering President Clinton's liaison with Monica Lewinsky.

    Isikoff's source was a longtime government official who was "knowledgeable about the matter." No other news organization could verify this story. Apparently no other journalist touched it until, in this wireless world, the charge made its way to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan, where it set off a wave of angry anti-American riots resulting in 17 deaths.

    Fifteen days later, Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker expressed regret for the story, admitting that the unidentified confidential source was no longer sure the story was true. This adds fuel to a simmering controversy in major news organizations all over the country about using unnamed officials and relying on single sources.

    In my 10 years as national political correspondent for NBC News, there were strict rules. If a source refused to go "on the record," the network demanded to know who he was, how he was in a position to have the information he offered and whether we would be advancing his political agenda by reporting the story. Then, without identifying the original source, we could use his information to seek a confirmation.

    Those standards may have slipped elsewhere. They certainly have slipped at Newsweek. There, the reporters never got an actual confirmation. Nor, apparently, did anyone address the question: How do you flush a book down a toilet?

    for full story:
    www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050520/OPINION/505200396/1002
     
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    Standards don't apply to the press when it comes to bashing the current adminstration. In their eyes, all is fair.
     
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    Don't you remember Dan Rather's remarkable line....while the documents are fraudulent...I believe what they say is inherently correct...and thats all that matters.
     
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    That is because what the liberal media have taught us, is there is not supposed to be a clean cut, right/wrong-true/false view of anything, and that no matter if there is HARD PROOF of something, no matter what it is, it is what THEY believe is what counts. You could tell them the sky is blue, every day for any length of time. But if they believe it to be pink, yellow, or whatever, to them, that is the truth and there is no convincing them otherwise. Common sense and REAL LOGIC evades these people that are college edumacated, and are the dumbest, most ignorant, self-absorbed, self-righteous qweefs on the planet.
     
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    More on this topic from Bill O'Reilly.

    Blood in The Water
    By Bill O'Reilly
    May 23, 2005

    The Newsweek and Dan Rather situations are so similar it's eerie. Both got snookered because they bought scenarios that, if true, would have made President Bush look bad. Both ran with said scenarios. Both crashed and burned.

    Whenever you want anything in this world too much, it is unlikely to happen. Desperately desiring a person, a job or a lifestyle just about ensures disaster. All of us must pursue our goals with our eyes wide open or else we will hit the rocks.

    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/oreilly052305.asp
     
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    Exellent link! Unfortunately, there will be many people who will look past the content and immediately decide that since O'Reilly wrote it, it is garbage.

    People...just read it. Forget who wrote it.

    You can't tell me that this article isn't accurate.
     

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