Study Finds Alarming Rise of ‘Anonymous Sources’ During Media Impeachment Coverage

We’ve all heard the President’s signature battle cry of “fake news”, time and time again via Twitter and the nightly news and, whether you subscribe to his beliefs or not, there is no denying that American media has changed drastically during his time in office.

We have seen nonstop anti-Trump coverage as of late, particularly in the wake of the Democrats’ “formal impeachment inquiry”…which is itself a tool of the media.  By holding these hearings in private, with House Democrats acting as the sole disseminators of information from within, the mainstream “news” organizations have become little more than the propaganda wing of the more liberal of our two parties.

More frightening still is a new study that shows just how often these infotainment corporations are using anonymous sources in their programming.

The Media Research Center revealed on Tuesday that in the month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., formally announced the launch of the impeachment inquiry, 322 minutes of air-time was tallied between ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News with 140 individual news segments. Among those segments, roughly 57 percent “relied at least in part on information from anonymous sources.”

Comparing the evening news programs, both “CBS Nightly News” and “NBC Nightly News” tied with approximately 60 percent of their coverage relying on anonymous sources while “ABC’s World News Tonight” came in at 54 percent.

“Every source who talks to a reporter is promoting the facts and spin that best reflects their agenda,” MRC research analyst Bill D’Agostino wrote in his study. “When President Trump or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks on camera, viewers can make up their own minds about how much to trust what is said. But when a source hides behind the cloak of anonymity, that source’s agenda is also hidden from the audience.”

These sources should be taken at face value, of course, as there are no real repercussions for exaggeration or manipulation in such cases.