Monday, February 12, 2007
Just 28% of Americans say it is ethical for reporters to publish news stories based upon anonymous sources. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll of 1,000 adults found that 45% disagree and say the use of unnamed sources is unethical. Americans under 40 are more likely to find this journalistic practice acceptable than their elders, but a plurality of younger adults still finds the use of anonymous sources unethical. The public judgment is even harsher for reporters who publish classified information obtained from an anonymous source.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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