What’s anonymous opinion worth?

An old rule of journalism used to be that anonymous opinion is worth the names of those who offer the opinion. Nothing. But that old rule no longer applies, at least to some papers. For example, take the Boston Globe, Opinion page, Feb 11, 2017, “Readers’ Forum,” which published: “The following is an edited sample of comments posted on BostonGlobe.com in response to Adrian Walker’s Friday Metro column, ‘True Patriots,’ about the refusal of some members of the New England Patriots to visit the White House.” Six comments were published, all signed with anonymous online names.

Note to the Globe editor: You don’t win Pulitzers that way. Although the way things are going, who knows?

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