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Revealing one’s sources

by on September 14, 2012

From Tyler:

This is an article written by the writers of the Boston Globe regarding the potential sale of the
Boston Red Sox, which Fenway Sports Group has irrefutably denied. Now the reason why I am
posting this is because of what we talked about in class and what we read about.

Charlie Gasparino, writer for Fox Buisness News had this to say about the potential sale of the
team.

Red Sox principle owner denied this report, saying the talks had never taken place. Whether this
is true, I do not know. What I do know is that Gasparino had this to say in defense of his story:

“I am not making this stuff up, I don’t care how much they deny it,” said Gasparino.
“After discussion about our sourcing and what we knew about this, we felt pretty
confident to go with it,” Gasparino said.

So here the reporter was faced with an ethical issue similar to what we discussed in class today,
(regarding sources who wish to remain nameless and how you deal with that) and so I thought
this to be relevant because here we have a reporter who doesn’t reveal his sources and because of
that the owners can refute his claim. But Gasparino stuck up for himself, and reiterated that what
he said was true.

And isn’t that all we ask for? A journalist who obviously can be questioned as far as his
objectivity is concerned (because its always in question in this profession), but also someone
who believes he has done enough research and feels confident in his arguable subjective opinion.

Jay Rosen, media critic, said in one of the readings that journalists should present the facts, and
then say what they believe to be true about a situation. And I believe Gasparino did this here.

What are your thoughts?

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