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07-10-2011, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Jester View Post
This isn't true at all. The recent rise of anonymous sources to such prevalence (and it is a recent development) has been terrible for "journalism". Turns them into little more than organs of biased information. Less of a problem in sports, but a massive problem in politics.
How is that not true? You don't give up your sources unless they want you to period. Otherwise you'll never have another source again. Do you think a GM wants it known that he's signed a free agent, making a trade, or drafting a specific player before the move is actually finalized? Especially when its something similar to this year when you have a player signed, but you need to move someone to make room. You want to move the player before the signing is official that way you get a better return. People that leak this info can get into hot water which is why they should never be named unless they say its ok.

Anonymous sources isn't a new thing, its just more prevalent due to the age that we live in. Anyone can go online and Tweet, or blog about something as if its true and cite their "anonymous source." The problem is that people that lack credibility can spread a rumor with ease. That's why you ignore those people or take what they say with a grain of salt until you hear it come from a respected member of the media. The problem isn't that people have sources that they're protecting, its that anyone can go online and make **** up. You are the one that has to decide whether you're going to believe them or not.

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