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On the Condition of Anonymity: Unnamed Sources and the Battle for Journalism

Matt Carlson


This book confronts the promise and perils of unnamed sources in this exhaustive analysis of controversial episodes in American journalism during the George W. Bush administration, from prewar reporting mistakes at the New York Times and Washington Post to the Valerie Plame leak case and Dan Rather's lawsuit against CBS News. Weaving a narrative thread that stretches from the uncritical post-9/11 era to the spectacle of the Scooter Libby trial, the book examines a tense period in American history through the lens of journalism. Revealing new insights about high-profile cases involving confiden ... More

Keywords: American journalism, George W. Bush, post-9/11 era, Scooter Libby trial, American history, CBS News

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252035999
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252035999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Carlson, author
Saint Louis University