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Saturday, September 21, 2019
Another Hypocritical MRC Lecture About Anonymous Sources In The Media
Topic: Media Research Center

Randy Hall spent a Sept. 4 MRC NewsBusters post lecturing CNN host Brian Stelter for being critical of President Trump's attacks on the media for reporting on him:

Stelter is upset that Trump says "journalists routinely make up sources out of thin air, for example, he has no proof for the charge."

But Stelter didn’t note that the source he quoted is “anonymous” and therefore cannot be proven. Media outlets that use anonymous sources would refuse to prove that the sources are real. That's why they're anonymous.  We don't know anything about the sources, whether they are highly placed or not, or more importantly, if they have a personal/political reason to unload in these stories. We don't know whether sources are betraying the trust of their employer by spilling the beans...unless their "off the record" conversations suddenly go on the record. 

Apparently you can't question the media's ethics when they're not transparent.

As we've highlighted, the Media Research Center has no problem citing anonymous sources when those sources advance its anti-media narrative. Hall himself is a hypocrite on this issue as well. We've caught him praising the work of a right-wing troll who goes by the name of CarpeDonktum  -- an anonymous person who, by Hall's own definition, shouldn't be trusted.

Shouldn't the MRC's ethics also be in question over its love of (certain) anonymous sources? Hall doesn't say -- he's too busy pushing his hypocritical attacks on Stelter.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:34 AM EDT

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