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View Diary: Romney versus Reid, round two: 'Harry, who are your sources?' (345 comments)

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  •  You're wrong about that (1+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland
    Almost anyone in almost any organization can speak to the media at almost any time on almost any topic...
    There's something called fiduciary duty that precludes speaking to the press on any matter that could influence the perceived value of securities.

    Most (perhaps all) of Bain's holdings rely on a perceived value of the holdings and the perceived legality of management practices.

    •  Um (0+ / 0-)

      I see I need to be literal. I meant from a practical, not legal standpoint. From a practical standpoint, almost anyone in almost any organization can speak to the media at almost any time on almost any topic, and if they're careful about it, nothing happens to them. This happens ALL the time. In fact it's how most stories get sourced. You think most sources are on the record? There would be no news if so, let alone useful news.  E.g. Mark Felt.

      You really think that laws and contracts keep people from violating them and getting away with it? More to the point here, that because they exist, they should keep people from violating them anyway for a higher good?

      I would hope not.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 02:16:20 PM PDT

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      •  I agree with your point about practical freedom (0+ / 0-)

        and the importance of confidential sources for investigative journalism and a as whistleblowers.  

        Your statement is also literally true for a limited purpose.  And person is legally entitled to speak to any regulator and to any member of congress.

        My point was specifically about Harry Reid's source - which is the focus of the diary.

        The rest of the comment comes across, to me, as condescending, so I'll ignore it.

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