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July 21, 2004

'Rumor Control,' by Anonymice

The founders of the new "This is Rumor Control" blog say: "We are creating this blog because of our 'ground truth' belief that while the war on terrorism is worth fighting, and al-Qaeda worth defeating, the current U.S. policies in pursuit of these goals are failing our country in its moment of need."

The authors claim impressive credentials, but they are giving us handles, not real names. Their reluctance is understandable, given the jobs they say they have. But their anonymity means it's going to take longer for me to invest a lot of trust in their work, assuming I ever do.

One of the initial postings cites "a memo obtained by This is Rumor Control" but doesn't post it for us to view for ourselves. This is the Web, where the audience likes to see as much source material as possible.

Nonetheless, this looks like a potentially valuable experiment in grassroots journalism. I'll watch with interest.

Posted by Dan at July 21, 2004 04:11 PM


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