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Ben Shapiro breaks down the problem with anonymous sources

On Monday’s episode of “The News and Why it Matters,” Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, discussed the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  

Shapiro made the case that if  Kavanaugh — the cleanest guy on the block — can be boxed out because of one accusation from an anonymous source, then no one else would ever want to subject his reputation to that kind of scrutiny.

“I am the cleanest person in American public life when it comes to matters sexual," Shapiro said. "I was the most famous virgin in America before I was married. Would that foreclose the possibility if some woman would come up from law school and suggest that something happened in a room?  The answer is no.”

Glenn Beck noted that an anonymous source is not necessarily a credible one and lamented that the new standard of anonymity allows criminal allegations to be made against innocent people, thus deterring many from accepting prominent positions.

Shapiro agreed.

“I get asked a lot if I would run for public office," he said. "When I was younger the answer was maybe, but now the answer is pretty clearly leaning no.”

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