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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Whatever happened to...

verifying a story? Going for "multiple credible sources"? ABC News ran with this report from Brian Ross about a probe of Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL).

"Federal officials say the Congressional bribery investigation now includes Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, based on information from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government."

With breathless abandon, the commentors on the ABC blog trash Hastert and climb back on the "Republican Culture of Corruption" meme. One minor problem with this report......

"ABC News, citing unnamed Justice Department sources, reported that information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists now cooperating with the government.
But a Justice Department official told Reuters: "The story is wrong. Hastert is not under investigation." (emphasis mine)

Woops - that's gonna leave a scar! Here is a hot tip for all of you pros, from one of the amateurs. Before you go to print with a rumor - GET MULTIPLE SOURCES!!!!! It's no wonder the people of the US don't trust the major media anymore.


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