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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Second-hand news

The Associated Press, unable to find out Natasha Richardson's medical status after a skiing accident in Quebec this week, reported before her death on Wednesday that the actress' condition was serious - attributing the information to The New York Times, which was quoting two anonymous sources.

This morning, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported Richardson will be buried Sunday in Dutchess County, where she had a home. Unable to confirm the burial site on its own, the Journal attributed the information to the New York Post, which was citing "off the record" sources.

Whatever happened to the days when news organizations had to nail down facts on their own - and from named sources - before reporting them?



Blogger Bill Olsen said...

I think this is something we are going to have to learn to live with for the foreseeable future - I simply cannot picture newspapers changing their practices and suddenly use whatever resources are left to them at this point to independently verify syndicated stories.

March 24, 2009 at 8:11 AM 

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