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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Rick Santorum campaign suspended: How news outlets sourced it


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Check out the URL from Bloomberg’s story on the news of the day:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-10/santorum-suspending-bid-for-republican-nomination-person-says.html

Bold text added to highlight Bloomberg’s insistence on intra-URL journalistic transparency. But really: “person says”? Can’t they just say ”source”?

Here’s how CBS News handled the same sourcing difficulty:

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (CBS) – CBS News has learned Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign.

The “has learned” approach is classic television-sourcing mumbo-jumbo. Pops up in tabloids as well.

Now PBS:

Rick Santorum is suspending his presidential campaign at a Tuesday afternoon news conference, sources close to the former Pennsylvania senator are telling The Washington Post and other outlets.

The Atlantic:

Outlets from The New York Times to The Hill have confirmed Rick Santorum will suspend his campaign for president Tuesday, effectively handing the nomination to Mitt Romney, and someone tells Yahoo News (probably the Romney campaign) that Santorum called Romney to concede.

And why bother with sourcing at all? From Newsworks.org:

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is expected to announce he is dropping out of the race for President.

By  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Tags:  rick santorum, campaign suspended, cbs, bloomberg, pbs, atlantic

 
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