Anonymous Sources - Good or Bad

I say that anonymous sources , such as Deep Throat of the Watergate era, are cowards and purveyers of rumors, innuendo, political chicanery & a host of other sins!


What say you?

Tags

  1. anonymous sources
  2. watergate
  3. deep throat
  4. unnamed sources
  5. nafta

Comments


Seth says
There is an excellent site that presents all of the actual Watergate articles.  I had this in my bookmarks over at del.icio.us for just such a usage as this. 

Now exactly which words in those articles do you think a problem ?  And what is the problem?

Mark de LA says
Probably didn't tell you that Mark Felt probably had every opportunity to talk with the #1 person at the FBI at the time. The number 1 guy at the FBI (i think) as much as said so in several TV interviews. Mark Felt (deep throat) was a coward in my book!

Mark de LA says
This case illustrates my point indeed! But, I don't want it to get into a discussion about Watergate.

Mark de LA says
source:
In my book he is a hero.

As I remember, by doing what he did he broke the law - is that your kind of hero ?

Seth says
Mark 2005-10-26 13:16:41 1719
As a headline writer, like those who are reporters & editors, I have the right to headline my own item. 
... yes you do.  And you titeled your item "The Patriot Act - Good or Bad?".   But Dan Eggen of the Washington Post titeled his item "FBI Papers Indicate Intelligence Violations".  Why do you not extend this right to titel your own items to Dan ?


Mark de LA says
As a headline writer, like those who are reporters & editors, I have the right to headline my own item.  It is not much different than if I wrote a hyperlink that said something like seth or tagged 287 with Seth for humor, malice or my own internal amusement.

This is politics.  Remember that the most famous Russian newspaper is named Izvestia (truth).
And it has been around thru the cold war and before.

This is a continuation of 1708

Seth says
Mark 2005-10-26 12:56:51 1719
Probably didn't tell you that Mark Felt probably had every opportunity to talk with the #1 person at the FBI at the time. The number 1 guy at the FBI (i think) as much as said so in several TV interviews. Mark Felt (deep throat) was a coward in my book!
So he could talk to the head of the FBI, that and a dollar would have gotten him a cup of coffee. Instead he communicated in a manner and through a channel that effected real change.  In my book he is a hero.

Mark de LA says
Bio of Mark Felt in Wikipedia.  Speculation in Foxnews about breaking grand jury testimony. He was too old to pursue it when he finally exposed himself.  Hero?

Seth says
Mark 2005-10-26 13:20:29 1719
source:
In my book he is a hero.
As I remember, by doing what he did he broke the law - is that your kind of hero ?
The practice of Civil Disobedience is a long standing feature of a free society.

Mark de LA says
Mark 2005-10-26 13:16:41 1719
This is politics.  Remember that the most famous Russian newspaper is named Izvestia (truth).
And it has been around thru the cold war and before.
I guess that it isn't Izvestia which means news.  It was Pravda which means truth. Sorry.

Mark de LA says
I guess if you don't understand headlines & headlining then I might as well go to ZZzz......

Seth says
Mark 2005-10-26 13:34:02 1719
I guess if you don't understand headlines & headlining then I might as well go to ZZzz......
i think there is a useful distinction between a headline and a title of a web page.

Seth says
Is this another case of unnamed sources being used maliciously.  Note that this NRO OPED seems to give credance to the unnamed sources. Even though the Canadian TV station, who  borke the story, reports that ...
source: CTV.ca

On Thursday, the Canadian embassy in Washington issued a complete denial.

"At no time has any member of a presidential campaign called the Canadian ambassador or any official at the embassy to discuss NAFTA," it said in a statement.

 ... and Barack says that it did not happen.  One hopes he is not lying like the rest of the politicians.

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