Op-Ed: Anonymous sources OK when conservatives use them

Posted Aug 7, 2012 by Bill Schmalfeldt
All the yelping and rending of tunics, with the plucking of hair from their heads and beards being done by outraged conservatives over the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid quoted an anonymous source seems to be reserved for one side.
Senator Harry Reid
Senator Harry Reid speaks with reporters.
Jay David Murphy
It's OK to be furious with Sen. Reid for saying that an insider at Bain Capital told him that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for 10 years.
You'll find precious little outrage when the source of all conservative news, Matt Drudge, uses anonymous sources to tell you that President Obama thinks Mitt Romney wants to pick General David Petraeus as his veep. That bit of gossip is perfectly fine for spreading around the old Internet.
This double standard even has its own acronym -- IOKIYAR. "It's OK if you are a Republican."
According to Drudge:
The same Republicans who are screaming about Harry Reid using unnamed sources are salivating over an...
The same Republicans who are screaming about Harry Reid using unnamed sources are salivating over an unsourced report on the Drudge Report.
Drudge Report
President Obama whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot!
"The president wasn't joking," the insider explains to the DRUDGE REPORT.
A Petraeus drama has been quietly building behind the scenes.
Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.
Yet the same right wingers who are scalding Harry Reid over having the temerity to suggest that a Bain Insider may have told him Romney paid no taxes are scurrying all over the right wing blogosphere reporting this story as if it had been carved into a stone tablet with a finger of fire, with the stone being carried down from the mountain by Charlton Heston himself.
This blatant hypocrisy would be laughable if it were not happening with such frequency in this election.