When the Media Uncritically Repeats Anonymous Quotes, It Becomes an Enabler of the Establishment It Should Challenge

“The 19th-century fetishism of facts was justified by a fetishism of documents,” EH Carr wrote in his 1961 book What is History? “But no document can tell us more than what the author of the document thought–what he thought had happened, what he thought ought to happen or would happen, or perhaps only what he wanted others to think he thought …”

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