Read this post with a heavy grain of salt.
“Part of the Washington Post’s Watergate lore is that we had a “two-source” rule. According to this notion, if a Watergate prosecutor or conspirator or U.S. senator or Senate investigator — or anyonemade — an important allegation to us, we had to confirm it with at least one other source before running it.
I don’t know who concocted this two-source nonsense. I do know that none of the editors above me ever mentioned it, nor did I mention it to the reporters.
The two-source rule, usually referred to reverentially, is a smug way of suggesting that Washington Post editors were 100 percent sure of what we were printing. We did, of course, try to confirm and expand on leads, and that often meant going to two, three, four or even more sources. What responsible reporter or editor would want to run some unconfirmed assertion from a shaky source?
There was no two-source rule. There was only, as with most news organizations, an attempt to find reliable sources. [emphasis added]
Since I’m no journalist, I have to rely on second-hand media reports and adopt a Three-Source Rule to verify this story. So far, there are 3 different news sources confirming that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fell into a coma late Saturday night and has been flown to Germany for emergency surgery:
Sources: Mubarak falls into coma in Sharm al-Sheikh Al-Masry Al-Youm:
“Ousted President Hosni Mubarak went into a coma on Saturday at his residence in Sharm al-Sheikh, according to well-informed sources. Mubarak flew to the Red …”
“We have learned through foreign sources that Hosni Mubarak was flown this morning to a Baden hospital in Germany after falling into a coma. …”“CAIRO (Ma’an) — Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak is suffering serious health problems and fainted before his last speech, informed sources in Egypt told Ma’an on Sunday…”
Thanks to Professor Tim’s comment about my proposed “Three-Source Rule”.
According to the Bahrain newspaper alwasatnews.com story:
تدهورت الحالة الصحية للرئيس السابق محمد حسني مبارك في الساعات القريبة الماضية و اكدت بعض المصادر المقربة منه انه في حالة غيبوبة كاملة يذكر ان الناحية الصحية للرئيس السابق محمد حسنى مبارك تدهورت أمس الاول ايضا حيث تعرض للإغماء مرتين أثناء تسجيل خطابة أمس. ونقلت هذه الصحيفة قوله “آخر الأخبار” على موقعها على الانترنت صباح اليوم السبت 12 فبراير 2011. وذلك حسبما نقلت صحيفة “آخر الأخبار” بموقعها الإلكتروني صباح اليوم السبت ١٢ فبراير / شباط ٢٠١١.
Deteriorated state of health of former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak in the early hours near the past and said some sources close to him that he is in a coma The full terms of health of former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak also deteriorated yesterday, where he was fainting twice while recording his speech yesterday. This newspaper was quoted as saying “Latest News” on its website on Saturday morning, February 12, 2011.
“Plans are being made for Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to take a “medical leave” in Germany, in an effort to “ease” him out of the country. The question is, how soon will this happen? Is “moving him out” before the fall election going to assure a smooth transition of power?
As we reported July 7 via Debka.com website, President Mubarak was diagnosed in March with esophageal cancer and had surgery in Germany. The information was “suppressed” for several months while Mubarak decided if he was healthy enough to continue or needed to name a successor. Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel heard the news in early July while he was meeting with President Obama and flew immediately to Egypt.”
I don’t believe in coincidences. First a story about Mubarak planning to travel to Germany for esophageal cancer treatment appears on February 8th, then an unverified “Mubarak coma” story surfaces 3 days later . How convenient. I’m sure the conspiracy theorists can thicken a plot where there is none, but the famous Mark Twain quote “the reports of my [coma] are greatly exaggerated”, comes to mind.
This is all getting curioser and curioser…
CBS News has picked up the story: Mubarak Mystery: In Egypt, In Germany, In Coma?:
“Still, several locals in Sharm el-Sheikh also told the Post they believe that, while he did immediately flee for the resort town after resigning, he quickly boarded a plane for Abu Dhabi and then continued on to Germany.
For their part, the Germans call this theory nonsense.
“He’s not in Germany, and he’s not on his way,” Steffen Seibert, the chief spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Sunday night, according to the post. “This is a new round of rumors. There is absolutely no information that we have about this, and it would require him a visa to come here. So presumably we would know.”
If Mubarak is indeed gravely ill, there is still uncertainty about how he would pay for medical treatment.
Widely rumored to have accumulated billions of dollars in personal wealth during his presidency, Switzerland announced after Mubarak stepped down that it had frozen his and his family’s assets in their banks.”