Don't Let Dossier Details Drip Into Our Reports : Memmos Standards & Practices Editor Mark Memmott writes occasional notes about the issues journalists encounter and the way NPR handles them. They often expand on topics covered in the Ethics Handbook.
NPR logo Don't Let Dossier Details Drip Into Our Reports

Don't Let Dossier Details Drip Into Our Reports

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a couple things today that were clues to some of the details in that unverified dossier about what Russian spies may or may not know about President-elect Trump.

We can't let something like that alone be the reason we report things that we haven't previously been putting into our stories.

Don't report any backdoor mentions of such details without first discussing it with the duty editor.