Ezra is upset by how reporters use un-named sources:
At the end of the day, a lot of the failures in journalism are a collective action problem. If the profession set some standards for when they'd allow background, and when a proven lie would lead them to out a source, flacks and operatives would stop pulling this crap. But they don't, because there's always some reporter willing to play stenographer on the off-chance that it will, down-the-road, lead to useful access.
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