WTF MSM!? Confidential sources

· July 17, 2017  
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They’re not anonymous to us …

Confidential … The executive editor of the Washington Post, Len Downie, has decided that the media should stop using the phrase “anonymous sources.” Because truthfully – yes, some truth in the MSM – those sources are known to the people writing and editing the stories. Downie said, on CNN’s Reliable Sources, “I prefer to call them confidential sources.” He added that people offering information are afraid for their jobs. While all that may be true, this is just a way to change the terminology, to deflect from folks’ anger at “anonymous” sourcing.

Stelter’s gotcha on Trump … In his email last night, CNN’s Brian Stelter played gotcha with President Donald Trump. Stelter mentioned that Trump said in a tweet he got 40 percent approval in a recent ABC/ Washington Post poll, and that was wrong because the president got 36 percent. Looking at the poll, the registered voter number is 39 percent which is, rounded up, 40 percent. To be certain, the numbers are horrendous for Trump, but the gotcha is the kind of thing people are sick of from the media.

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What do the people think of you? …

About the poll … Given that America’s trust in the media is at all-time lows, you’d think ABC News and the Washington Post would have polled the public’s opinion of the media. But they didn’t. They did, however, ask seven questions on Trump’s tweets. 

This is genuinely good … The folks at HuffPost are taking a seven-week, 23-city tour of the United States. They are doing this to learn more about the people outside the coasts. This is a very good thing. I gave them some advice based on my travels to almost 1200 of the 3124 counties in the U.S.

HuffPost responded … When the media does something good, I think we should also highlight it. That’s why I wrote the piece. The editor-in-chief of the publication responded and was appreciative. I will continue the discussion as the time of the trip approaches.

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Author: Rob Eno

Rob Eno is the editor of Blaze Media’s WTF MSM!? newsletter.