On the Vetting of Sources

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Back when I was working in radio doing news, one of the most important things I was taught to do was to vet a new source as thoroughly as possible and to stay on top of old ones. People sometimes lie when it’s to their advantage.

The Cabin Boy™ claims that the 3per screenshot from an account was alleged to be mine was sent to him by a source. That may be true. There’s some evidence to support that. If one examines the html code for the webpage that he published, one finds this as the URL for the screenshot:

http://i2.wp.com/thepontificator.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Screen-Shot-2016-01-19-at-10.38.06-AM.png?resize=780%2C453

The name of the image is consistent with the default naming convention used by Mac OS X, and it timestamps the image at 10:38:06 am. However, the timestamp for the posting on the image itself is 12:36 pm. So either the screenshot was taken almost two hours before the…

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