Do you believe news stories with "unnamed" sources?
Seems as if most news stories are based on the "so-called" reports of "former officials who wish to remain unnamed" or "anonymous sources at high levels" or something similar. This type of reporting is optimal it seems for a media intent on leading the public in one direction or another, but is it working? Are you as a consumer of news willing to believe things without a real person to attribute it to?
Well, a lot of the stories surrounding Watergate were first based on information unnamed sources, so yeah, I'm open to listening.
There are a lot of people out there who can't, or won't, talk on the record, because they'd be putting their jobs, or their lives, in jeopardy.
No. The Washington Post and the NYT's have a history of false reporting. Their allegiance is for the Democrat party and not the Nation or even their own repetition.
A real news agency prints facts. Not he said, she said. But as we all know, those two newspapers sold their souls long ago.
You left out Fox News, et al. Was that by accident or by design?
Design. Fox News does not cater to the left.
No, up until just recently Fox catered to the Right....
Ralph, having been a reporter, I'm going to straddle the fence on this one. No use repeating Lisa's answer because she is right about people's livelihood, reputations, and even their lives can sometimes depend on remaining anonymous. But there is a BUT here. Reporters have gone to jail for contempt of court for refusing to reveal a source, so herein lies the lesson. Let a judge jail or threaten to jail the reporter, and if he/she stands his or her ground and stays in jail, then the information is probably valid, and I say believe it and lay off. But if the reporter sings like a songbird upon going to jail, or the threat of going to jail, the source becomes public and can be investigated for validity. But as long as the unnamed source stays unnamed without any repercussions against the accuser or reporter, I would think the evidence is not on the side of justice.
Also consider that "certain officials" or any official takes an oath of office to be honest and truthful. Is that person honoring that oath by demanding anonymity?
No offense to your prior occupation, but doesn't it seem that a disproportionate amount of todays news comes from these unnamed sources, which never seem to get verified?
R. at one time I was proud to be a reporter because we were taught integrity and impartiality. I noticed a change in attitude beginning while I was getting my MA in journalism in the early 1990s. I have to agree with you.
by JOC 6 months ago
Ohio State recently conducted a story about the possible impact targeted fake news stories might have had on the election. Thoughts?http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180507/o … mp-in-2016
by Ralph Schwartz 20 hours ago
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said he’ll rule Thursday, November 15th on the legality of the Trump administration’s decision to revoke Acosta’s press pass. After hearing more than 1 1/2 hours of arguments from CNN and Trump Administration lawyers, Kelly said he’ll issue the ruling from...
by David Livermore 3 years ago
Are you tired about all of the news stories about tiny homes?I keep reading stories about "incredibly small homes" and "these people spent a month in a small home". I'm tired of these stories. There are those who don't have a home or live in a small home because it's...
by Dale Mazurek 8 years ago
As many of you know I quit smoking on May 6th, 2010I quit and because of that I believe that makes me an expert of sorts.Because of this I figured why the hell not try and monetize my good fortune.I have started a brand new WP blog for my quit smoking niche. One of the pages is titled good...
by Ken Burgess 19 months ago
The revelation to some, that Congress & D.C. has been in general hijacked by Corporate, Foreign, and Special Interests run amuck... is too much to swallow for many.CNN & MSNBC has long been the propaganda media for these Corporate, Globalist, etc. establishment forces, and so they, along...
by Brett Winn 6 years ago
If you don't trust the mainline media outlets, then were do truth searchers go for a news source?
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|