"Some people say..."

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This section of Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists, dealing with unnamed sources, made me recall a movie I was shown in my High School current events class, Outfoxed - Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism.  The film highlighted a tactic frequently employed by the organization, where an anchor, pundit, or reporter would introduce an idea that they did not have any quotes or statistics for by saying "Some people say...," and then stating what ever it was that they wanted to say.  By doing this, they distanced themselves from the statement and abdicated responsibility, all while still achieving their goal of spreading inaccurate information.

It is important to credit sources because if you do not say where you got your quote or your information from, you can't be held accountable.  While this may be a good thing to unscrupulous reporters, it is a great disservice to the public.  And regardless of your political affiliation, most people can agree that Fox News is almost completely devoid of newsworthiness.  Fox News recently went as far as to use old footage from a rally organized by their commentator Glenn Beck to make a more recent, less popular rally held at the same location appear to be larger than it actually was.

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