Tracks anonymously sourced news articles using Google Custom Search.
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Anonymous Source Tracker

Tracks use of anonymous sources by select English-language media outlets.

Weaknesses

  • Some entries are duplicates because an article appeared on multiple news sites. These are typically from wire services.
  • Some articles are duplicates because they have different urls but come from the same news site.
  • The tracker searches for commonly used phrases used to identify anonymous sources so misses anonymously sourced articles that do not use those phrases.
  • Some articles refer to anonymous sources but are not themselves anonymously sourced.
  • Articles that do not have a publication date in the Google search results or the URL are not included.
  • The tracker does not distinguish between good use and misuse of anonymous sources.