Arguments from authority in journalism can be dangerous these days.
On the surface, these people look like legitimate experts. And I think many journalists don’t necessarily look at the motivations of their sources. It’s obvious when you’re talking to a political campaign, but other than that I don’t think reporters look closely enough. You have to check the background. What can you find that legitimates their expertise?
From “Be Careful Who You Quote,” an interview with Melanie Sloan in Nieman Reports.