In the legal profession, we call this “hearsay” evidence, and it’s not admissible.
In music, we say, “I heard it from a friend who, heard it from a friend who, heard it from another you’ve been messing around...”
In journalism, the standard is, “if it makes Trump look bad...PRINT IT!”
Of course I'm talking about the recent article in The Atlantic claiming President Trump disparaged the military dead during a 2018 visit to the American Cemetery in Verdun to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
The article sent shockwaves as several anonymous sources claimed that the President called those who died in the war "suckers" and "losers."
Democrats and "NeverTrump" Republicans were quick to jump on the bandwagon, citing Trump's statements in 2016 regarding John McCain, a former Vietnam POW, "I like people who weren't captured" as proof he would have made those remarks.
Of course, the reason for Trump's snarky retort in 2016 was McCain's constant attacks on Trump and was aimed at the fact that McCain constantly used his wartime record and status as a POW as a shield to deflect criticism for his loathsome and divisive actions throughout his political career, and not a statement about POWs in general. But back to The Atlantic article.
While the anonymous sources also spoke to FoxNews, which validated the sources as being those inside the Administration, FoxNews also delve into John Bolton's highly critical new book about his tenure in the Trump White House, The Room Where it Happened, which covered the trip highlighted in The Atlantic article and painted a very different picture of events: