Sunday, January 06, 2013

More of Anne Barnard's methods: Mr. Moaz believes--and what Mr. Moaz believes goes in the paper. I beileve that this is a new school in journalism

"One activist in Damascus, who gave only a first name, Moaz, for safety reasons, said he believed that the government was behind the bombing in Barzeh and an explosion that killed at least 30 people on Wednesday at a gas station in Mleiha, an eastern suburb of Damascus. Both areas have been contested recently by rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
Moaz said the attacks were reminiscent of a spate of airstrikes and artillery attacks on bakeries, which are among the few places that people congregate in war-torn cities, where bread is typically scarce."  Would you not love to know how Ms. Barnard obtained the phone number of the all-knowing Mr. Moaz?   (Or is Maoz?)  Is there a special phone book that New York Times reporters rely on for such calls and skypes?