That’s Howard Kurtz’ claim. In his piece about the NLMSM, Michael Flynn, and the “leak” that led to his resignation as President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, Kurtz said that The Washington Post story that began the thing was “good reporting.”
Then Kurtz said this:
[T]he Post story would not have been possible without the cooperation of nine unnamed senior officials who furnished the leaked information.
The Post story was built entirely on those unnamed persons. Unnamed. We don’t know there were nine. We don’t know they were senior or even officials. We don’t even know they exist. I have to ask: what part of “unnamed” is unclear to Kurtz?
The Post didn’t provide a single bit of corroborating evidence; The Post didn’t name a single source who would corroborate the claims of the leaker or leakers. The only corroboration in this whole sad affair is the lack of denial from the White House. This is damning, certainly, but it’s hardly dispositive.
Kurtz added this:
But it must be said that the leakers’ information was right on target.
Based on what? Kurtz, along with his confreres in the NLMSM, have chosen to not publish the leaked transcripts to which the NLMSM claims to have access.
When did rumor-mongering become good reporting?