Mr. Ken Paulson
Editor
USA Today
7950 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22108

Dear Mr. Paulson:

Lesley Cauley’s “scoop” about the NSA collecting domestic phone records has been called into serious question. Her anonymous sources do not stand up to the on-the-record denials issued by some of the phone companies said to be involved. The controversy has undermined your promise to more tightly restrict the use of anonymous sources. If you cannot come up with any hard evidence and verifiable facts for Cauley’s sensational claims, you need to admit there has been a massive failure of reporting and editing in this case. Your “trust me” journalism falls flat in the wake of your use of the fake National Guard documents to smear the President.