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  •  no, that's bullshit (0+ / 0-)

    I think that press tactic is bullshit. Nameless, faceless and attribute-less "critics" or "some people". WHO is saying that? WHO would say that? Tell us!

    •  I agree in part (0+ / 0-)

      It would be stronger to say "Senator XYZ" or "George Will" or "Karl Rove" has claimed...

      And this is a method of introducing themes without attribution.

      But in this particular case the argument is so clearly going to be made by the GOP, I think it's justifiable to cite it even without a current source.

    •  Ridiculous (0+ / 0-)

      What's the reporter supposed to do, footnote his interview?

      •  well (0+ / 0-)

        If "some people" or "critics" are saying it, who are they? IMO this is a basic part of reporting... the whole 5 Ws thing?

        •  That's a print media thing (0+ / 0-)

          I agree with print media.  If you have a long interview, say 120 seconds, you are saying that the reporter must document the source of his quotes?

          That seems ridiculous to me.   I agree that, for instance with Gary Hart, they were saying that "people want to know if you are fucking that bimbo" but I didn't want to know that and no one that I knew wanted to know that.  Who were these people?  It is a little different if the source of the quotes and one view is pretty obvious (as in this case).

          So, on balance, you have somewhat of a point, but I'm not sure how much.

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