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Are you listening, Judy Miller?

I was reminded of all this by a recent story praising a White House suffer that followed only by a couple of weeks articles by the same reporter for which that suffer seems very likely to have been a source. My caution to the journalist involved is that this was a little too obvious and runs the risk of getting the staffer in hot water. I do not name names because I don't want to increase the danger for the source. It is so hard to get inside dope out of this White House that one wants to be careful not to penalize those who risk letting the rest of us know the truth about what its inmates are up to.

There are, however, a couple of important cautions. First, a reporter should not let himself be used by a source to peddle false or misleading information. Second, a reporter must be careful not to endow officials with reputations they do not deserve.

Winchell elevated Hoover to a point where even presidents were afraid to offend him.
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills; White House sources
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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