The Daily Caller, founded by Tucker Carlson, is following the lead of Donald Trump in trying to find evidence of President Obama’s college records and putting their complete lack of journalistic standards on stark display in the process. They’re quoting an anonymous source that says someone else told him that Obama had a 2.6 GPA at Columbia. But never mind that there’s no evidence offered and actual evidence against it:
The shroud over President Barack Obama’s college records — recently spotlighted by Donald Trump’s $5 million challenge — is prompting Americans to share what they’ve got, and The Daily Caller is getting its share of leads, including one story that the president scored a GPA of only 2.6 at Columbia University.
The 2.6 grade can’t be confirmed, is contradicted by some evidence, and it doesn’t say anything about the courses, professors and associations Obama was immersed in during his two-year stay in Columbia.
But the source is credible, and he’s contributing to the collective effort by Americans to find out more about their president — who is a champion of a greater role for himself and other government officials in Americans’ personal lives, social norms and career opportunities.
So we have an anonymous source offering nothing but hearsay evidence, which they themselves admit is offered without evidence and in contradiction to the evidence we have. But don’t worry, they did their due diligence:
The source asked not to be named, but TheDC has verified at least one $2,500 contribution he made to Columbia.
So no evidence, contradicts other evidence, anonymous source with nothing but a second hand story from someone else who is also anonymous. But he did once donate money to Columbia, so that makes him a credible source. Okey dokey.
Like Dispatches on Facebook: