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  •  The essence of investigative journalism (none)
    is verification. All too often, we're happy to take an unsourced story and spread it as fact. More importantly, the corporate media continually spreads unsourced/anonymous source stories, which is sometimes appropriate, but then the story should include the disclaimer clearly instead of saying "sources close to the investigation."

    All too often, remember, politicians do this to float an idea for garnering public reaction.

    And I want to point out that on one of the most significant stories -- the NSA spying -- was not printed, much to our dismay, for a year. It was, in fact, not printed until the White House verified it with a command performance in the Oval Office. That's some damned good verification.

    I've worked on countless stories where there was a long publication trail that proved wrong. Columbine was a great example, there were hundreds of wrong things published in the days after; and the corporate media never corrected that record so it still exists as truth though it's bullshit.

    And the final part of the responsibility is what's happening here -- correction, loud and clear correction. Swallow your pride and stand up straight and correct the friggin record. Helps you sleep better at night.

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