FBLA: What’s the drill with anon. tips and letters? Bloggers can pretty much just post the tip and say: we got an unsigned tip. Do you have different standards?
BG: Well, I’m also a blogger, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable posting an anonymous letter like the one I received about the Save A Heart Foundation. I’m always wary of people who want to share damaging information without letting me know who they are. I appreciate it, but I need to know how they got the information they’re passing on to me and why I should trust them.
The Save A Heart letter, for example, was a great tip. But it was only a tip. The accuracy was limited. Misspelled names, a bad phone number and some details that didn’t check out. But the letter included some information that was easy to check: Had a potential crime been reported to police, who handled the Save A Heart books, was Cedars involved?