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Do anonymous sources equal fake news?

by Philip F. Jacobus , President
If you read my ramblings here you know that I'm not entirely comfortable with everything that President Drumpf does. Still, it bothers me that Bob Woodward's book Fear and the New York Times op-ed article that was published today all quote anonymous sources.

I'm not comfortable with anonymous sources. If someone feels a certain way, shouldn't they own up to it? Quoting anonymous sources will certainly be interpreted by Donald Drumpf's supporters as fake news and I'm not sure they are wrong.

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There are lots of things about Mr. Drumpf that makes me uncomfortable. So many of his operatives have pleaded guilty or been found guilty or have a shadow hanging over them. Also, proposing a Supreme Court nominee who takes a strong view of presidential privilege makes me uncomfortable.

Still, I don't like the idea that people make claims from behind the curtain in an anonymous way.

Some would say when there's smoke there's fire but in my opinion if you have something to say, say it to my face not behind my back.

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About Phil Jacobus

Phil Jacobus has been involved in health care since 1977, when he visited China to sell equipment. He has done business in 35 countries and still travels extensively. Phil is active in charity, helps rural clinics and always tries to help DOTmed users when he can.

Phil is a founding member of IAMERS and a member of AHRA, HFMA and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.

Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.

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