Dean Baquet, editor of the New York Times, recently defended mainstream media’s usage of anonymous sources during an interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
“These are not people who pull us aside because they want to screw Donald Trump. These are people who are worried about the direction of government.”
President Donald Trump has continuously blasted the use of unnamed sources in stories critical about administration policies and decisions. He recently said during a speech at CPAC that the media “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.”
Baquet pointed out the hypocrisy of the administration on using secret sources in stories. He stated Trump has “been an anonymous source throughout his career, especially when it helped him and when it burnished his reputation.”
For example, in 2012 Trump claimed President Obama was not born in the United States, basing his claim on an “extremely credible source.”
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