President Trump called for the media to stop their use of anonymous sources during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference this year. “They shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name,” Trump said. “Let them (the source) say it to my face.”
Journalists and professors at Michigan State said anonymous sources are important for reporters, even though they should only be used as a last resort. According to Journalism Professor Sue Carter, anonymous sourcing isn’t the preferred method of reporting but sometimes it’s the only way to get information for a story. “When a source asks to be anonymous, try to encourage them to go on record, don’t accept anonymity out the gate,” Carter said.