that’s hearsay

In a Washington Post report about an advance man for President Obama getting h1n1 flu, we get this top-notch report:

The wife of the staffer reportedly posted a Facebook account, people who had seen it said, describing how her husband had contracted the virus while in Mexico as part of the president’s trip.

Let’s break that down: “reportedly” (from what source? doesn’t say), “posted a Facebook account” (posted on Facebook, you mean?), “people who had seen it said” (sames as the “reportedly” source maybe?).  The article says in its first sentence that the White House had announced that the aide contracted the flu after accompanying Obama to Mexico, so I’m not sure that a Facebook attribution brings any additional credibility to the report.

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