Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Nearly half of voters believe reporters ‘make up’ anonymous sources

White House press secretary Sean Spicer takes questions during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C. A new Morning Consult/Politico poll shows almost half of voters believe it's "likely" that reporters "make up" their anonymous sources. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Almost half of the American electorate believes journalists falsify their anonymous sources, according to a new poll.
A new Morning Consult/Politico survey, which was conducted March 2-6 and published Wednesday, found that 44 percent of respondents believed it is “likely” reporters “make up” anonymous sources.
By contrast, only 36 percent said it is “not likely” journalists fabricate their unnamed sources, and 20 percent said they didn’t know or had no opinion.
President Donald Trump, for his part, has said he is no fan of anonymous sources in reporting and claims that they’re made up. During his address at the Conservative Political Action Conference last month, he said, “They have no sources; they just make ’em up when there are none.”


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