There are two mantras of old school journalism that appear to have gone the way of the rotary phone:
1) Never believe the first answer, and 2) When in doubt, check it out.
In the early 1980s when I began my career in television news, even a shred of doubt was enough for us to whip out the journalistic shovel and commence digging.
Woodward and Bernstein were our idols, the unrelenting model of perfection to which we all aspired.
We were trained to ask the questions with one eyebrow up.