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The Problems—and Promise—of Unnamed Sources

Matt Carlson

in On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252035999
eISBN:
9780252093180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252035999.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This introductory chapter elaborates on this study's premise and provides a brief overview of the use of unnamed sources in American journalism. It demonstrates how anonymity alters the underlying ... More


Rethinking Anonymity: Problems and Solutions

Matt Carlson

in On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252035999
eISBN:
9780252093180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252035999.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter draws together major themes that persist across the previous chapters. Journalists responded to the struggle over unnamed sources as victims of structural hindrances they encountered in ... More


Media Culpas: Prewar Reporting Mistakes at the New York Times and Washington Post

Matt Carlson

in On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252035999
eISBN:
9780252093180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252035999.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter looks at how two newspapers used unnamed sources in reports leading up to the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. When Iraq's weapons of mass destruction failed to materialize, critics on ... More


“Blogs 1, CBS 0”: 60 Minutes and the Killian Memos Controversy

Matt Carlson

in On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252035999
eISBN:
9780252093180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252035999.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter begins with 60 Minutes alleging that President Bush shirked National Guard duty in the 1970s in a story based on documents provided by an unnamed source. Immediately after it aired, ... More


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