08/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

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

The Post's internal policies set a high threshold for granting anonymity. It "should not be done casually or automatically." Further, "merely asking should not be sufficient to become anonymous in our stories." If sources refuse to go on the record, "the reporter should consider seeking the information elsewhere."

But too often it seems The Post grants anonymity at the drop of a hat.

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