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'Troublemaker' Hersh Should Be Welcomed Back

Robert Miraldi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Media
Robert Miraldi

It may be a New Year, but it is the same old Sy Hersh, arguably America's best investigative reporter, who is still sticking his thumb in the eye of power at the age of 76 and exposing what he sees as the abuse of power.

Can a Journalist 'Plead the Fifth' to Avoid Having to Name a Confidential Source? A Federal Judge Says Yes

Peter Scheer | Posted 02.15.2014 | Media
Peter Scheer

This idea hasn't gotten much traction, until now: a federal judge in Michigan, in a civil suit against the Justice Department, ruled last month that a journalist could assert his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to reveal a confidential source.

Jason Linkins

Bill Daley Is Apparently The One Guy Who Really Took The 'Joe Biden-Hillary Clinton Switch' Seriously

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics

Given enough exposure to political punditry, you are going to hear a lot of extremely stupid ideas bandied about -- in fact, you may never hear an int...

Ryan Grim

The Definitive Guide To Washington's Anonymous Sources

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Congress has increasingly injected itself into people's lives by randomly disrupting them for no obvious reason, interest in the minu...

Free Speech and Identity Verification: Combating the Challenge of Trolling

John Pavley | Posted 11.01.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

For the HuffPost community to grow and develop we must emphasize fairness in access, promote civil discourse,  reduce vitriol on our pages and provide a defense against trolling. A key strategy in doing all of this is our plan to require all new members to identify themselves when they create an account.

White House And Anonymous Quotes: A Love Story

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.29.2013 | Media

From The Hill: “I leave it to you to decide whether or not you believe anonymous quotes that are included in AP stories, or an on-the-record stat...

Jason Linkins

Pro-Hillary Super PAC Seems To Worry A Few Anonymous Washington Post Sources And That's About It

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

There are well over 1,000 days before the 2016 election, but there is already a very prominent super PAC supporting a potential presidential bid from ...

Jason Linkins

Anonymous Sources: Our Boss, NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson, Is So ... Bossy!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.24.2013 | Media

Great googly-moogly, newspaper fans! According to this piece in Politico today, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has "lost the newsroom."...

Jason Linkins

Connection Between Obama's Honorary Degree, Rolling Papers Confirmed By Multiple Sources

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Daily Caller broke the news Friday that a single anonymous source is pretty sure he heard correctly when another guy told him that P...

Jason Linkins

Game-Changed! Daily Caller Has A Random Guy Who Thinks He Knows Obama's GPA

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

Go ahead and give Mitt Romney all of your unskewed Electoral College votes, folks, because The Daily Caller has done changed the game with their recen...

Political Media's Access-for-Independence Tradeoff

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Daniel R. Schwarz

We all want to be quoted accurately, but that is very different from allowing sources to delete substantive remarks. We should be concerned about that practice in a democracy, and we should expect reporters to resist that kind of control.

Think Again: What Howard Kurtz Thinks You Don't Need to Know

Eric Alterman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

Howard Kurtz is an example of how to be a success in the mainstream media. Unfortunately, giving readers the relevant information they might need to understand the context and significance of a story comes second, third, or fourth, if at all.

Jason Linkins

Anonymous Democrats Agree With Other Anonymous Democrat That It's Time To Freak Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

Yesterday, the chattering class was having a field day over a memo advising President Barack Obama to do more to ensure middle and working class Americans that he has a plan to brighten their future. It's not hard to see the wisdom in the strategy memo, whose authors urge the president to ignore the conventional wisdom of "elites" and focus on the fact that voters are sophisticated enough to understand the causes of their economic dislocation, and are looking for a sign that the president understands it as well. However, it's even easier to stop reading the memo after you get to the phrase "impossible headwind" and decide that it's a call for all-out panic. What to do next? Well, if you want to "confirm" the panic, all you have to do is call a random assortment of "Democratic strategists," who as a general rule, are almost always panicking.

Anonymous Sources Welcomed At Leveson

AP | Posted 03.21.2012 | Media

LONDON (AP) — Britain's High Court says reporters can give evidence to a media ethics inquiry anonymously — rejecting a bid by a newspaper publish...

Jason Linkins

Awesomest Anonymous Source In History Fingers Rahm For Cain Sexual Harassment Story

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.03.2012 | Media

In September, I wrote about the transition of the generations between actors and how we're at a moment where we can see it happening.

Jason Linkins

Debt Ceiling Stories Use Anonymous Sources, According To Newspaper That Uses Anonymous Sources

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2011 | Media

Reporters in Washington pretty much rely on anonymous sources to write their stories, because reporters need zazzy and divisive comments from people l...

Jason Linkins

Adventures In Anonymous Sourcery: Rick Perry Might Do Something, Who Knows?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.23.2011 | Media

What's going on with the Rick Perry campaign, which may or may not be a thing? According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer is definitely somethin...

Jason Linkins

NYT's Anonymous 'Person On A Blog' Revealed To Be Random Anonymous Blog Commenter

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Anonymous blog commenters: I'm sure they are nice people, but please do not use them as sources, especially in such a misleading fashion.

Jason Linkins

Random Anonymous People With Unidentified Blogs Are Apparently Allowed To Be Sources For The New York Times

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This piece is very typical of political writing: there's an argument, that argument is easily resolved by the simple assertion of objective fact, but let's focus on the argument instead of the resolution because all the arguing is so exciting!

Jason Linkins

Anonymous Sources Tell Ed Henry That Something Might Happen At The White House At Some Point

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

So, here's what you need to know about the pending decision on who will fill the role of White House Chief of Staff for the Obama administration: the ...

Jason Linkins

2010: The Year In Wall Street Whining To Politico About Their Hurt Feelings, Mostly Anonymously

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You know, the other day, when I remarked that Politico's story "another piece in a continuing series" of "Wall Street people whining," I wasn't kidding. A whole lot of times, actually.

Jason Linkins

Sarah Palin's Anonymous Source Hypocrisy: She's Used Them Too

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...