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Goldberg Agrees: Anonymous Sources “Not Good Enough,” “Would Be Better” If They Used Their Names

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“The Atlantic” editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Monday that he stands by his reporting that President Trump referred to dead American soldiers as “losers” and “suckers” in 2018, but allowed that “it would be better” had his source agreed to go on the record. Goldberg said questions about anonymity are “reasonable,” stating that it is fine to “ask why people who have had direct exposure to Donald Trump, who know what Donald Trump has said, who know what Donald Trump has done, but won’t simply come out and say it.” “I share that view that it’s not good enough,” he said. “But, you know, like other reporters, I’m always balancing out the moral ambiguities and complications after anonymous sourcing with the public’s right to know.” “The sources are not anonymous to me, Jennifer Griffin from Fox News said when she was challenged,” Goldberg said. “I trust these sources. These are people in the various rooms. But, yeah, obviously it would be better if people would say, attach their names to what they know.”

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