Which reporter in which major newspaper recently granted anonymity to a source for a quotation, the lot about which Jack Shafer says: “I’ve gleaned more useful data from infomercials” and to which Shafer gives a “5” rating (“awful”) on his Was Anonymity Necessary? grading chart, which examines anonymous sources from two weeks’ worth of assorted newspapers.
Also, Shafer has an Anonymous Source Form for his readers to report future offenders.
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.