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Does using anonymous sources hurt journalists’ credibility?

Asked at Borders Books, Music & Cafe on May 9, 2003

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“I would say unquestionably that a reader has to take information provided through anonymous sources with a grain of salt.”

“I think the source should be available so that the public can check it and verify the information that’s being presented.”

“I think it brings what they say into some question. But it’s common use.”

“I think it’s OK. If you don’t want someone to know about you but you want your opinion voiced, what’s wrong with that?”

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