Anonymous sources are overused in the Irish Media, especially by pol corrs

cyberianpan

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The White House has daily, on the record press briefings with Q and A, the President is frequently available for questions

In Ireland, spin doctors are off the record, and abuse that channel

Also I'm aware of one perma-drunk pol corr who invents quoges from unnamed TDs, all of the time

Many TDs use it as a lazy way to take potshots at political opponents, potshots they could never stand over publicly

Sure, there are some times when a source needs protection...but how often does a government spin doctor need protection? Or a FG back bencher briefing against Kenny’s perceived enemies?

The New York Times is a media organ of great moral character...why don't we have similar?
The Times Gives an Update on Anonymous Source Use - NYTimes.com

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carlovian

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Sources close to carlovian agree with your concerns but a senior unnamed source thinks you are completely wrong
 

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The Dinnypendent does it often in relation to political stories.

It increases the rubbish percentage in their stories.
 

Prof Honeydew

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The biggest concentration of "anonymous sources" is in the Gardai. There appears to be a mutually parasitic relationship between publicity-crazed Supers on the make, station s'hit-stirrers stabbing station colleagues in the back, Provos-under-the bed Branchmen, wannabe crusaders blowing the whistle on dog license scandals and prima donna detectives single-handedly saving the nation from debauchery and their sycophantic Boswells reciting their fantasies in the crime columns of Independent Newspapers publications.
 


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