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  •  Why is Dan Friedman protecting his source? (12+ / 0-)

    Friedman admits that his source spread his question, in violation of the terms of their agreement?

    On Monday, I reached my source. The person denied sharing my query with Breitbart but admitted the chance of having mentioned it to others. Since the source knew we spoke under a standard that my questions weren’t for sharing, that’s a problem.

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    So if the source broke their confidentiality agreement, why doesn't he reveal his source now?  

    What is the obligation to protect a source that doesn't protect you?  Or that lies to you?  

    I really don't understand the journalistic ethos that says sources are to be protected, even if they give you misinformation, and that sources can violate your agreement, but you can't.  

    Until reporters start holding sources accountable for screwing them over, they are going to continue looking like buffoons while doing a disservice to the nation they are supposed to inform.

    "Journalistic conventions make it hard for reporters to deal with a big, complicated lie." -- Michael Kinsley.

    by dcg2 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 06:41:30 AM PST

    •  Also, this: (3+ / 0-)
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      I am, it seems, the creator of the Friends of Hamas myth. Doing my job, I erred in counting on confidentiality and the understanding that my example was farcical — and by assuming no one would print an unchecked rumor.
      Seriously, do people like Dan Friedman even pay attention to their own discipline? Unchecked rumors don't get printed? What willfully ignorant twaddle.
    •  Journalist's questions are confidential? (0+ / 0-)

      not in my experience.  The answers may be, and only if the parties agree beforehand, but why the questions?

      Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please -- Mark Twain

      by OnePingOnly on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 04:49:03 PM PST

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