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Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin's Anonymous Source Hypocrisy: She's Used Them Too | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

For the past few days, Sarah Palin has been beefing with Politico after Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei published an article about how the GOP establishme...

Jason Linkins

NYT's Anonymous Sourcery: The Deep Background Compliment | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The intrepid New York Times watchdogs over at The NYTPicker today highlight a unique moment in the history of anonymous sourcery.

Left Unsaid: Obama, the Bushes, the CIA, and the Media

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

Presumably, Obama called Bush -- because in a tough midterm election year he would like to emphasize the bipartisan nature of his foreign policy. But it would be nice to know more about how and why these tidbits emerge.

Washington Post Ombudsman: Anonymous Sources 'Remain A Problem' For Newspaper

Washington Post | Andrew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Post's internal policies set a high threshold for granting anonymity. It "should not be done casually or automatically." Further, "merely asking s...

All the News that's Fit to Leak

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leah Anthony Libresco

The coverage of the WikiLeaks controversy has become a debate over the precise shade of morally gray to assign to WikiLeaks's possible endangerment of...

Jason Linkins

Politico's Anonymous Sources: A Lesson In Absurdity | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here's your great achievement in the field of anonymous sourcing for the week of July 12th. It comes in a story in Politico today (the content of which is utterly irrelevant to your lives).

Jason Linkins

Rahm Emanuel Leaving The White House: Sooner Or Later, Maybe Or Not! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, okay, let's talk about the whole "Rahm Emanuel is going to quit in six or eight months" thing. Everyone who covers the White House is behaving as...

Public Editor Clark Hoyt: NYT 'Misusing Anonymous Sources'

New York Times | CLARK HOYT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

THE Times continues to hurt itself with readers by misusing anonymous sources....

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

We've seen this pattern before. A non-sourced, anonymous story enters the right-wing blogosphere and gets picked up by mainstream media, allowing the right to stovepipe their insanity.

The TSA's Behavior Is a Disgrace

Henry Blodget | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Henry Blodget

Would it be too much to ask the TSA to use its agents to make Americans safer instead of threatening bloggers who publish widely distributed memos that should have been public anyway?

Jason Linkins

Mark Halperin Really, Really Thinks His Anonymously Sourced Scoop Is Super Important! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It's been brought to my attention that yesterday, Halperin published a SUPER-DOOPER IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE SCOOPLET.

Jason Linkins

Rahm Emanuel 'Bedeviling' News Organizations With His Name | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard makes note of the curious way that news organizations choose to identify White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, whose v...

Jason Linkins

Anonymous White House Sources Praise White House In Important Journalistic Scoop | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, Glenn Greenwald tore apart a piece of stenographic PR that ran in the Washington Post. Titled "Obama Team Says Zazi Case Illustrates Balan...

Jason Linkins

WaPo Unleashes Army Of Anonymous Sources To Slag Public Option | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I've said for a long time now that the press has long endeavored to diminish the public support for the "public option," characterizing it as one of t...

Famed Anonymous Anti-Palin Blogger 'Outed' by Lawmaker

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dawn Teo

Little was known about Palin in the lower 48, and AKMuckraker provided a much-needed window throughout the campaign season into Palin's performance as governor of Alaska from a progressive viewpoint.

Jason Linkins

Annals Of Unnamed Sourcery | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Late last month, Alex Balk of Radar found, in this Politico article, one of the most hilarious lines of attribution I'd ever read. In an article repl...