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Anonymous Sources Cited

The lamestream media told you:

Anonymous, unnamed and unidentified sources said many things in stories across the country today. Despite this "news" media trend, the media's own internal surveys indicate their credibility is decreased by using anonymous sources. The late great Washington Post columnist and reporter Jack Anderson, however, in a moment of candor at a speech in Phoenix, indicated that the only valuable sources are the anonymous ones, because no one else is willing to go on the record to reveal the dirty innards of what's really going on. Without such candid remarks readers would get little more than official pronouncements.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

In an increasing trend, a greater number of news stories are provided by unnamed "wire service reports" or Associated Press reports with no byline. When you begin counting the number of stories in your local papers that have a "byline" with no name besides the company it came from, shock often sets in at how many stories run this way. Recent reviews show as much as 60% of the front page and 80% of the insides carry no writer's name. In the Monday, May 8 edition of the Arizona Republic (second largest Gannett paper after USA Today), ten national and world news briefs are attributed simply to "Wire Services." The writer behind a story attacking President Bush's light-hearted comment about fishing for bass is attributed to "Associated Press," and a poll saying 40% of Americans play video games instead of watching TV is attributed again to "Associated Press." The writers could not be identified for comment.

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