essay #3

essay #3 - Samantha Moore Essay #3 In early 2004, Daniel...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Samantha Moore Essay #3 In early 2004, Daniel Okrent, the former public editor of The New York Times wrote, in his 2004 article “Weapons of Mass Destruction? Or Mass Distraction?” that "there is nothing more toxic to responsible journalism than an anonymous source. There is often nothing more necessary, too." The debate about the use of anonymous sources has plagued journalists for decades. When used in an article, unnamed sources can undermine the story’s legitimacy in the eyes of the reader. However, journalists often depend on anonymous sources to fill in the gaps of a report with information. This dilemma forces journalists to find a balance between protecting the interviewed subject and creating a credible article. An inspection of the current relationship between journalists and their subjects, the public, and the government reveals the necessity and effects of using anonymous sources, and how they shape public opinion. The use of anonymous sources is often discouraged in order to protect the integrity of an article. However, it is sometimes necessary to protect someone’s reputation or livelihood. For example, in The Boston Globe article, “Slain Man’s Family Remains Fearful” from September 24 th of this year, Urel Duncan’s sister and mother were granted anonymity by reporters for fear of retribution. Barney Calame, columnist at the New York Times wrote in his article that many people don’t like journalists saying that a source was “granted” anonymity because it seems like “a dispensation from the pope”
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Page1 / 4

essay #3 - Samantha Moore Essay #3 In early 2004, Daniel...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online