Skip to comments.Politico’s Martin defends use of unnamed sources: ‘If you don’t want to read Politico, that’s fine’
Posted on 08/19/2012 7:45:22 PM PDT by middlegeorgian
We were candid about the sourcing on that, as you mentioned, Howie, and basically say to our readers, Look, folks dont want to put their names [on] the charges, Martin said. If you dont want to read Politico, thats fine. But that is a conversation happening in the political community. We as reporter want to capture that conversation. The challenge for us is trying to do so in a way that you can get it in print, but you respect people who dont want to have their names used, its a question of do you not report whats happening right now in the political operative community or do it in a way that you have to do a lot of blind quotes? We choose the chose the latter, because its such a hot issue going on right now.
Compliance is not an issue, you lame-ass no-source rumor-quoting fact-free Obama-worshiping hack.
“I give myself permission to make sh** up.” would have saved a lot of this waste of skin’s breath.
The left wing Washington Post destroyed a Republican administration and changed history using an unnamed source. The Left is not going to drop this play from its playbook anytime soon. The Left has never been constrained by “bourgeois’ ethics.
These sources don’t exist. They simply fabricate quotes that support their agenda. Journalism is dead.
If the journolists had any gumption, they’d refuse to print unsourced stories. That might hurt for a while but they’d be money ahead in the long run. And gain a bunch of respect in the process.
Don’t post their crap here and no one has to be aware of it!
Maybe you ought to go there and not come back!
The story is linked to The Daily Caller, the same website that exposed these journOlisters. I’ve never posted anything linking to Politico.
Don’t know who Politico is and no I don’t want to read them.
All you have to know is these people don’t think like rest of us.
Politico is the new definition of the ultimate dream when it comes to liberal journalism. The creators who came from WaPo have always wanted to make up their own version of the news and even their own news that they could print as if it were real.
Meaning.............We can lie and make up sh##
Whenever Team Romney had rumors they wanted to start about other candidates,
Jonathan Martin has been their go-to guy to get those rumors in writing in front of a national audience.
And The Most Irresponsible Journalist Award Goes to The Politicos Jonathan Martin!
So tell me, how do you write a news story about an organization paying for a speaker when you dont even know if the organization is paying for the speaker?
Ask journalist Jonathan Martin. He knows all about it.
You see, Jonny wrote a piss poor story the other day about how the Iowa Family Policy Center will be paying a large speaker fee if Sarah Palin comes to Iowa to keynote the IFPCs fall funderaiser.
The only problem is that Jonny has no sources confirming that any exorbitant fee is being charged or paid.
Jonny also got some inside info from David Kochel, who was a top aide to former (and future) presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
Hey Dave, didnt I just read a story about how Mitt Romney tried to buy off the Iowa Christian Alliance?
I heard you helped facilitate that little scheme. And somehow you are shocked at the thought of a well-known political figure (who very likely isnt running for president) getting paid a speakers fee for (gasp) a public speaking appearance? ..
and then weve got Tim Albrecht quoted. He was the Iowa spokesman for Romneys 2008 caucus campaign.
And it always seemed like, whenever the Romney people had rumors they wanted to start about other candidates,
Jonny was their go-to guy to get those rumors in writing in front of a national audience.
Martin knows that the proliferation of nattering Beltway nabobs means you can get an anonymous quote to emphasize exactly however you plan to skew your story. It's calculated mendacity in the guise of the 1st Amendment.