I have to laugh each time I recall Helen Thomas or Ann Compton muttering some negative criticism about citizen journalists as they have the facial expression of having just eaten something very bitter. MSNBC is a huge news entity and they don't even check a source? Saying it should not have made the air means nothing. How can that happen? David Shuster can run with a story and never have it checked before it goes on air? Where's Compton's public criticism of this?
This sort of stuff should be punishable with a stiff FCC fine or something. It's a very serious issue to have this level of failure. They didn't even check for a bio on the source, just ran with it.