If your source is wrong, it's your fault
The New York Times recently backed off from two stories that relied on unknown sources, and that's not unusual in the world of source-based reporting, Steve Buttry writes. Buttry blames the reporters for not being more skeptical of their anonymous tipsters: "It's kind of incredible to me that any journalists don't understand this, but your sources are nearly always wrong. Not about everything, but usually about something. Verification is your job, not the source's."