The United States Justice Department is officially on the record: they warn American citizens to “exercise caution” against accepting stories from anonymous sources.
The full statement, straight from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, reads (per CNN):
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated.”
He went on to explain the government’s stance on claims from unidentified authors by saying, “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-standing policy to neither confirm or deny such allegations.”
The statement comes on the heels of the recent investigation into Trump-Russia “collusion,” in which Special Counsel Robert Mueller was accused of biased behavior after he hired multiple Clinton supporters to aid in the investigation. Throughout the entire legal probe, there was media speculation that Rosenstein was set to dismiss Mueller from his position for inappropriate conduct.
To dispel those rumors, Rosenstein was forced to release a public statement, saying that he saw “no good cause” to fire Mueller. When asked if he would be willing to fire Mueller on the president’s orders, he stated, “I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate,” enforcing his stance that the aforementioned rumors were completely untrue and unconfirmed.
Just days earlier, the mainstream media got egg all over its face when they breathlessly reported that Trump had compromised national security by leaking major intelligence to the Russians, and compromising an undercover Israeli operative. That entire report was based on “anonymous sources” and it was entirely false. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster forcefully refuted the entire story, explaining that Trump couldn’t possibly leak information that he didn’t’ know about.
There has also been some harsh criticism on the recent firing of FBI Director James Comey. President Trump released him from office, writing, “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau.” While it’s possible that Trump’s decision to let Comey go may have kept him valuable information, it’s difficult to tell — particularly because Comey’s allegiances don’t appear to be reliable.
This may not be the first time for scandal in the White House, but Special Counsel Rosenstein has managed to keep a low profile for his almost three decades as a Justice Department staffer. “He is a man of extraordinary independence and integrity … and great character,” Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Wednesday, noting that the longtime Justice Department official “came to work, sat down and made his recommendation” to fire Comey (via U.S. News).
Whether Rosenstein’s warning was to instill caution to the public about future stories or to assure us that previous stories were untrue is something that remains to be seen. What has been clearly demonstrated is that the mainstream media will run any story based on anonymous sources — as long as it helps Democrats win elections.
Not anymore. We don’t believe your “anonymous sources”. They’ve been wrong too many times, and we’re not listening anymore. Go cry “wolf” somewhere else.