This site was inspired by Margaret Sullivan, who wrote about tracking anonymous sourcing here: ‘AnonyWatch’: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times (Mar 2014).
Sullivan wrote about how insidious the practice of anonymous sourcing is and how much the public despises it (Oct 2013):
ERIC Schmitt remembers being surprised when, as a member of a Times newsroom committee on reporting practices, he was given information about what bothered readers of The Times most. It wasn’t political bias, or factual errors, or delivery problems.
“The No. 1 complaint, far and away, was anonymous sources,” Mr. Schmitt, a longtime and well-respected national security reporter in the Washington bureau, told me last week. “It goes to the heart of our credibility.”
Sullivan has also written about how anonymous sourcing works for The Washington Post (Dec 2017).
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2/10/2017: Conflict Over Trump Forces Out an Opinion Editor at The Wall Street Journal
According to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Lasswell was in effect phased out over a period of months from the paper. He took a book leave during the election following conflict with his boss Paul Gigot, the editorial page director, about the extent to which the page should run material sympathetic to Trump.
2/10/2017: Ex-New Hampshire congressman under consideration as Trump’s ‘drug czar’
Frank Guinta, a former New Hampshire lawmaker who helped create an opioid crisis task force in Congress, has discussed serving as President Donald Trump’s “drug czar” with Trump’s team, according to several individuals familiar with the discussions.
Since the election, Guinta has spoken with top Trump aides about serving as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy — a position colloquially known as the nation’s “drug czar”— multiple individuals, speaking on condition of anonymity, told STAT this week.
4/11/2018: Siren: Paul Ryan confidants say he’s not running again
House Speaker Paul Ryan has told confidants that he will announce soon that he won’t run for reelection in November, according to sources with knowledge of the conversations.
1/31/2017: Team Hillary blames Obama more than Putin
The worst-kept secret inside Democratic circles is how bitter Hillary Clinton’s team is at President Obama over her election loss. We have heard from numerous, anguished people in Clinton-land blaming Obama — more than Putin, FBI Director James Comey or, um, Hillary herself — for the defeat.
The reason: Clintonites feel that if Obama had come out early and forcefully with evidence of Russian interference in the campaign, and perhaps quicker sanctions, she might be president today. His caution, they argue, allowed the public to have a foggy sense of clear, calculated, consistent Russian meddling in the campaign. We can’t stress enough how upset some Democrats are. It’s testing relationships between Clinton and Obama loyalists. It’s making efforts to form a new Trump opposition coalition harder.
3/1/2017: Leaked Snapchat emails: Gun safety charity told to pay or NRA ads may appear on videos
Snapchat told a gun safety charity it might run NRA ads on the charity’s anti-gun violence awareness campaign — which would have featured videos starring families who lost their loved ones to firearms — if the charity didn’t pay Snapchat for advertising, emails provided to Mic by a source close to the exchange show.
12/2/2016: Obama considering post-presidential digital media career
President Barack Obama has been discussing a post-presidential career in digital media and is considering launching his own media company, according to multiple sources who spoke on background because they were not authorized to speak for the president.
11/25/2016: Obama urged Clinton to concede on election night
President Barack Obama called Hillary Clinton to persuade her to concede the White House on election night, according to a forthcoming book on Clinton’s defeat.
Authors Amie Parnes, The Hill’s senior White House correspondent, and Jonathan Allen cite three Clintonworld sources familiar with the election-night request in the unreleased book from Crown Publishing.
10/7/2016: Postmates has struggled to raise money to fund its on-demand deliveries business
Behind the scenes, Postmates has also had trouble securing the additional funds it has chased for the better part of this year. Sources familiar with the matter told Quartz that Postmates has been in talks to raise a Series E round of at least $100 million, a figure that has also been reported by Bloomberg and TechCrunch. The funding is being led by Founders Fund, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel and an existing Postmates investor. It would value the company at around $450 million, the same as its series D valuation, sources said.
9/19/2016: Thieves Helped Crack the Chelsea Bombing Case
Leave the bomb, take the bag.
In two separate cases, thieves snatching bags from city streets and train stations inadvertently helped law enforcement get the upper hand in an ongoing bomb spree that’s hurt dozens of people and spans both sides of the Hudson River, sources said.
7/14/2016: Quartz Said to Near $30 Million in Revenue, Without Clickbait or Standard Ad Units
Many digital media businesses chase readers on the largest scale possible, all the better to attract advertisers that want to spread their messages widely. But big reach comes at a cost — in quality, in resources — that isn’t always justified by the ad rates online.
Unfortunately the niche game isn’t much easier, just as rife with competition and demands on limited resources. So it’s good news for smaller publishers that Quartz, the Atlantic Media brand primarily dedicated to covering the global economy, seems to be on the cusp of making it work, at least according to a person familiar with the business.
7/14/2016: Trump to Pick Mike Pence, Says Source
Donald Trump is planning to announce that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice for his vice presidential running mate, according to a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision.
6/13/2016: Orlando Nightclub Gunman Scouted Walt Disney World as Potential Target
The gunman behind the Orlando nightclub shootings, the deadliest mass shooting in American history, recently scouted Walt Disney World as a potential target, a federal law enforcement source tells PEOPLE.
Omar Mateen and his wife, Noor Zahi Salman, visited Walt Disney World in April, the source says. Salman told federal authorities on Sunday that her husband had more recently been “scouting Downtown Disney and Pulse [nightclub] for attacks.”