AnonymASS Tipster of the Day

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By Betsy Rothstein Comment

We’re making this one “Tipster of the Day” since there could be more as the week moves along. Seems premature to give this one the prize for the entire week. Anyhow, this tipster is referring to the news broken by Politico Publicist Dylan Byers late last night that FP‘s Susan Glasser will go to work for Politico next month.

AnonymASS writes in: “Tip: When you get beat on a story with a ‘weeks’ head start, you look worse, and not better, if you disclose the bad judgement of failing to check it out because it was ‘ludicrous.'”

Dear ASS: Thank you for your note. Always a pleasure. But I wonder if you took 20 seconds to think about the fact that yeah, we did go to a bunch of sources on the matter — all of whom dissuaded us from thinking there was any hint of reality to it. There was no failure to check it out, just a failure to be clairvoyant when sources weren’t ready to reveal what was happening. Somehow I don’t think they would be amenable to taking lie detector tests just yet. We’ll work on it though and applaud Politico for giving the scoop to their own reporter.

 

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