If elected to the position of Czar of Sourcing in American Journalism, I would issue a few demands to Reuters editors.
Just this afternoon, a Reuters story claimed that Mike Huckabee “has been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls and he is considering entering the fray.”
Well, according to Reuters, this comes from “two sources who have spoken with Huckabee.” We learn later in the story that the sources are “close” to Huckabee, who has a show on Fox News.
As Czar of Sourcing in American Journalism, I demand that Reuters disclose the following:
1) Who these sources are;
2) OK, 1) is asking a bit too much in this anono-heavy news environment. Let’s move on to next;
3) Are these sources speaking out with full permission of Huckabee or are they not authorzied to speak?;
4) Are these sources speaking out with the encouragement of Huckabee?;
5) Is one of these sources Huckabee himself? That appears unlikely, given that Reuters says they both have spoken to Huckabee. But hey, sometimes people speak to themselves.
The Czar demands answers to these questions by COB Sept. 30, 2011.
Another thing bears mentioning. This line is a waste of characters:
Mike Huckabee has been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls
That could be any two of the more than 50 million registered Republicans---including friends and family of Huckabee; high school buddies; a couple of guests on Fox; whatever. It means nothing.