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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 2 months ago

When a news outlet uses "anonymous sources", how can we confirm that they aren't making them up?

Does an independent governmental agency clear the source to confirm that it's not libel and lies? I'm pretty sure there is no governmental agency that does that, but I'm just really trying to understand how we are we to confirm something based on so-called "anonymous sources". That goes for ANY outlet such as Fox, the Hill, Real Clear Politics, Politico, and whatever else you can think of.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    They are certainly making it up when they state that.

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  • 2 months ago

    No government agency confirms it.

    But we usually find out soon enough when other news outlets obtain similar information from other sources.

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  • Ray S
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    2 months ago

    You can't confirm a report from an anonymous source. All you can do is consider the trustworthiness of the news organization, take the report with a bit of skepticism, and watch for a confirmed follow up in the future.

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  • 2 months ago

    There has always been a very clear difference between the reputable news sources, like the New York Times, and the fly by night ones that are just out for a profit. Even good news outlets occasionally make mistakes, and usually post apologies when they find out they made a mistake. But there are some who just regularly make things up. People have to be a little savvy about who they believe, and consult multiple sources. A story is often broken by an "anonymous source", but then corroborated by known sources. That was the case with Watergate. The "Deep Throat" anonymous source tipped off two newsmen, but then the investigation brought forward witnesses who testified. So maybe it's smart to be skeptical until the story is verified by others. 

    • 2 months agoReport

      The NYT, which publishes a retraction every month it seems? 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Most credible news programs require 2 reliable sources, they can use one, if a source has been proven to be reliable. 

    Most of what people see now is not the news it's commentary. 

    see

    With an abundance of news sources running 24/7, to fill time, commentators are included in the lineup. The lines between commentary and news have become blurred.

    Former politicians, lawyers and other professionals are sitting in the chair formerly reserved for unbiased journalists.

    They are providing political commentary in the same manner former pro football players analyze and provide insight during nationally televised games. It’s safe to say that news outlets like CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc. are pulling an ESPN by bringing in the color commentators. Unfortunately, the general public sees them as biased journalists instead of the commentators they are.

    https://www.schooljournalism.org/commentary-vs-jou...

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  • 2 months ago

    If they did make it up, they would get sued for libel by those so-called "anonymous sources".

  • 2 months ago

    A news outlet builds trust over the years, or doesn’t. If they didn’t give their sources anonymity, the sources would not give them the news.

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