Former Log Cabin Republicans President and founder of the National office, Rich Tafel, responded over the weekend to my request for a comment on last week’s news.Â I asked Rich his thoughts on the Washington Blade article that suggested a close financial relationship between Log Cabin Republicans and left-wing gay activist Tim Gill.
Here is Rich’s response, unedited:
1. It’s not journalism when the whole story is built on anonymous quotes.
2. If you are on the board of an organization and you feel a need to say that stuff have the courage and integrity to say it publicly, don’t hide behind anonymity.
3. If you don’t like Tim Gill writing checks, write one or raise it.
As you can tell, I’m more disappointed at the cowardly behavior of the person who spoke to the Blade if they even did it.
Only when they go on the record could I respond, because I have no idea what was true.
GP Ed. Note: I believe it is fair to also apply Rich’s criticism to my original reporting last Friday which further detailed the financial connections between Gill and Log Cabin. I fully accept the criticism of my use of an anonymous sources, and understand the frustration with it.Â I believe the information was too important to report and I was confident in my source based on a long association I have had with him.Â But I take the criticism and I have to accept it for now.
That being said, I do not have the resources of the Washington Blade –Â nor the time as blogging is a part-time “hobby”.Â So I would share Rich’s frustration that a professional journalism organization bases its entire story on anonymous sourcing.Â The New York Times, in fact, has been doing that a lot lately too.Â I think professional news organizations should be held to a higher standard if they truly are “reporting”.Â Â That may sound hypocritical, but so be it.Â It is how I feel.
I will continue to follow the Tim Gill-Log Cabin connection and will report relevant updates that are important and backed up to my satisfaction.