Anonymous Sources: Uncertainty in The Sunday Times

The Sunday Times (September 27, 2015) Headline Reads: “Syria’s dictator gains time as West falls into Kremlin trap”.

As Putin heads to the UN today to debate the future of Syrian intervention, the Sunday Times article alludes to claims that Russia will be taking a hard-line approach to Syria and the West’s intervention. As one anonymous source states: “Nor can you shun us forever”, there is a suggestion in the article that Russia is preparing for fierce debate. Whether Russia’s aims are illustrative of such an approach, is yet to be confirmed, but, the Sunday Time’s usage of anonymous sources is somewhat problematic. Using unsourced quotes from those “close to the Kremlin” or a “Western diplomat” provide nothing to the inquires made within the article. Rather, the use of such unsourced quotations produces a worrying cloud of uncertainty over the motivations behind such an article.

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/article1612214.ece?CMP=Spklr-_-Editorial-_-TWITTER-_-thesundaytimes-_-20150927-_-World-_-243121091&linkId=17368367

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