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Monday, June 27, 2011
NewsBusters: Believe Anonymous Person, Not The Victim
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters' Tom Blumer has been quick to run to the defense of Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge David Prosser, who has been accused of attempting to choke another Supreme Court justice, Ann Walsh Bradley. He devoted a June 26 post to complaining that the Associated Press was reporting "only one side of the story."

The side of the story the AP is telling is Bradley's first-person account of the alleged attack. The side Blumer wants told is that of some anonymous source who was defending Prosser. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described this anonymous person as "a source who spoke to several justices present during the incident."

Let's see ... we have a first-person account fromthe alleged victim vs. a secondhand account from an anonymous who was apparently not present during the alleged attack. Which one of those is more credible?

Blumer apparently believes it's the anonymous guy. He doesn't explain why the anonymous source should be trusted over the alleged victim's own account -- or why it should be trusted at all.

Blumer does love his anonymous sources, though. In 2009, he touted an anonymous, unverified attack on President Obama.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:06 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, June 27, 2011 9:09 PM EDT

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