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  •  Well, if Karl promised his source confidentiality, (2+ / 0-)
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    Faito, Nica24

    I suppose journalistic ethics require Karl to continue to honor that promise, even in the face of his source's bad faith.

    If Karl were to burn his source, he runs the risk of losing access to other whistle-blowers who are operating in good faith down stream.

    Just a guess. It does smack of a Rovian rat-fucking - leak information under promise of confidentiality, said information known to be wrong before being leaked. Then hold your journalist to his or her pledge of confidentialiaty, in the event your information is revealed to be so much bunk.

    •  It isn't unheard of for journalists (3+ / 0-)
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      Possiamo, Nica24, aitchdee

      to out a source that has been very misleading and or told them bald-faced lies.  The impact of the Karl story was not minor and there are a lot of people who have a stake in promoting the most negative interpretation of the Benghazi story - clearly this source was one of those people.

      So, let's just say for example Karl's source was some staffer in Darryl Issa's office.  Would that not in and of itself be relevant to the story unfolding here?  I think it would be very reasonable to report on that linkage when the information was clearly falsified.

      The GOP's response to the release of the emails has been to call for the release of more emails - more emails that don't exist?  More emails that they plan to fabricate and rewrite for public consumption?

      For Karl and ABC to consider this source as useful and important at this juncture casts a serious pall on their reputations, imo.

    •  Karl didn't have to (1+ / 0-)
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      reveal his source to report INITIALLY that he didn't actually see the emails...

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