TUESDAY’S LINKS: Granting Sources Anonymity, Journalism’s ‘Guts,’ Zell Won’t Break Up Tribune

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, Dante Chinni thinks that reporters need to be more selective in granting sources anonymity, Dan Rather thinks journalism has lost its “guts,” and Sam Zell says that he’s not looking to break up the Tribune company if his offer is accepted.

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Dante Chinni: Reporters should demand more of their anonymous sources. (Christian Science Monitor)

Jack Shafer: It’s not even the ides of March, and the New York Times has discovered two American bedroom trends this month (Slate)

Dan Rather: Journalism has lost its guts. (CNet)

Sam Zell confirms he has been in negotiations for Tribune, saying he wouldn’t break up the company. (Newsday)

Libby story filled 13% of the newshole last week. (PEJ)

Propaganda has always played an important part in war, but in Afghanistan the battles between Nato forces and the Taleban are being fought not just in the deserts and valleys but in the media. (BBC)

Sasha Abramsky: The news is fast becoming just another commodity. Rising competition from online sources mean cut backs and an increasing ill-informed public. (Comment is Free)

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