–Justice Department Says Be Skeptical of Anonymous Leaks–
It’s so easy to latch on to anything leaked to the press when it supports one’s wishes or narrative. But, as they say, consider the source. The real issue is the leaking itself. It’s subversive and destructive, and plays into the desires and tactics of many to obstruct and damage an elected government, and to promote a competing agenda.
It’s selective outrage, in this view, to display anger at the subject of the leak, but not at the leaker. Imagine if this deluge of leaks had been done during the Obama administration. These same leak lovers would be screaming bloody hell.
Another problem is that anonymous leaks can’t be trusted. As the saying goes, those who talk don’t know, and those who know don’t talk. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made this point just yesterday.
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.”
Will this advice be heeded? Not by the public at large. They have their belief systems to reinforce. Not by the media, either. They can’t resist a story, whether accurate or not. And the journalistic creed of “verify, verify” has been cast to the wind in favor of the hot air from “officials who wish to remain anonymous”.
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Actually, I believe most people would not naturally believe every leak they heard about Trump if he didn’t quickly tweet confirmation of what the leakers said. The old adage about “blaming the messenger’ comes to mind. Still, I basically have to agree: let’s not just believe the leakers; let’s wait for real investigations be completed.
Totally agree with you.