February 6, 2008 6:41 PM
Blogger doesn't get it
Jones wrote: "We ran our report only after obtaining permission from our source. The report was factually identical to other print and television accounts"
So what. Why wouldn't the source have given him permission? She gave the Rocky permission, too. She wanted her story told. The question wasn't whether a news organization had permission. It was whether it could independently verify career-destroying accusations it was going to allow a source to make anonymously.
As for the fact that its report was factually identical to other print and television accounts: No kidding. All the reports were based on the single source. There were no witnesses to the sexually outrageous behavior she described. Stories being the same is no assurance that they're accurate. In this case it could just as well mean that all the reporters trod the same path.
This is in no way to diminish the seriousness of the allegations against Garcia. He resigned within 24 hours after they were made public by Jones' Web site.
But it is to say that Jones' response is illustrative of how different the Rocky's decision making process is compared to the process at his own Web site - and in my view why his approach diminishes us as a society.