There’s a number of journalistic guidelines regarding anonymous sources. In politics, anonymous sources have a very long history so it’s nothing novel. (Watergate Deep Throat is a classic example). I think looking at subsequent news publishing guidelines is, in fact, useful, as each does rest their credibility upon the others when they quote other sources.

There’s a number of journalistic guidelines regarding anonymous sources. In politics, anonymous sources have a very long history so it’s nothing novel. (Watergate Deep Throat is a classic example).

I think looking at subsequent news publishing guidelines is, in fact, useful, as each does rest their credibility upon the others when they quote other sources.

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What this brings up is an important point: It’s almost never truly anonymous but rather confidential — and a court order / police order could easily drag up a name if need be.
 
https://ethics.journalists.org/topics/confidential-sources/
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