ABC News Has Problems with Unnamed Sources

ABC News reports (and they are obviously unhappy about this) on the newly translated document that talks about meetings between bin Laden and Iraqi government officials.

Take a look at the following note which was placed at the end:

(Editor’s Note: The controversial claim that Osama bin Laden was cooperating with Saddam Hussein is an ongoing matter of intense debate. While the assertions contained in this document clearly support the claim, the sourcing is questionable — i.e. an unnamed Afghan “informant” reporting on a conversation with another Afghan “consul.” The date of the document — four days after 9/11 — is worth noting but without further corroboration, this document is of limited evidentiary value.)

ABC News actually has the nerve to question the sources in this document because they are an “unnamed Afghan informant” and “consul.” Is this a joke? The MSM uses unnamed sources all the time when they support the MSM’s agenda. However, they’re now being questioned because they contradict the “no relationship between bin Laden and Iraq” line they’ve argued for years.

Newsbusters has more on ABC’s sudden “concern” about these “unnamed sources” and points out that ABC News used an unnamed source in an internet article about Cheney’s hunting accident just last month:

Sources told ABC News that the vice president’s team had debated issuing a statement early Sunday morning per the White House’s request. But sources said Cheney’s team decided it would be more credible to allow ranch owner and witness Katharine Armstrong to make the information public.

Interesting. There is no mention of these sources’ names anywhere in the article. Well, “without further corroboration,” this article’s assertions are “of limited evidentiary value.”

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