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February 09, 2006


Ginger Yellow

That's an insane position. If "everyone knows" that Scott McLellan's pronouncements have "limited" truth value then don't quote him - he's a worthless source. Or if you feel you have to because he's the president's spokesman, then you should point out that the president's spokesman is renowned for lying. That, surely, is a story in itself. And finally, if you can't do that, then spike the story. Running a story that implies the very opposite of what you know to be the truth goes against everything journalism is supposed to be.

Absolutely nothing justifies misleading your readers. Nothing whatsoever. The whole point of protecting your sources is so that you can guarantee the future supply of accurate information to your readers.

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