I called it a divergent point because I've seen instances over the years when wannabe journalists take a leap of faith and publish a rumour as fact, and even describe their source as their Deep Throat. B&W had to work extra hard to try to verify their story, whereas these wannabes are only harping on the exclusivity of their source. Their takeaway from the breaking of the Watergate story is that they must find some insider to spill the beans, never mind if the beans are truth or lie....although as you stated later they took great pains to confirm everything with other sources before publishing.
Which is what legitimate investigative journalists still do. But today we have opinion masquerading as news, without any checks and balances. Sort of like this thread
I guess for me the difference is I don’t expect an entertainment personality, like Oprah, to function like Christiane Amanpour.
What I find more troubling is the divisiveness...when we retreat to our “sides” and automatically dismiss whatever the “other” is saying simply because “they” are saying it.
I would hate to promote vaccine refusal because two would be celebrities are involved with an event...we literally have a “news” personality supporting anti vaxers because he doesn’t like the messenger ("Some creepy old guy telling your children, your little kids to take medicine whose effects we do not fully understand.")
That worries me a lot more than anything a former actress and her ex pat husband do to extend their 15 minutes.
Agree on the divisiveness. There is too much "Are you for me or against me?" going on. Cannot understand why health matters have become so political. Have they not heard of Death the Leveller?