posted on Aug, 19 2004 @ 11:26 AM
I never know how to react to these stories about confidential sources.
True that without confidentiality some people would not come forward and that in some cases (like deepthroat) you can understand that the source's
life is in danger.
However, if the source is in no real danger then why not lend greater credibility to the story by identifying them? Seems to me that if all news was
from "confidential" sources then there would be a major lack of credibility (even more than now!
I guess the principle of keeping a source confidential needs to be protected for thoses cases where there is peril, but maybe a judge should be
allowed to review the situation in camera
and decide if there is a valid reason for not revealing the source?