The thread is not about the state of journalism it's about this now exposed secret program named Integrity Initiative set up and funded by the UK government to make Russia look bad.
But I think it is about the state of journalism as many people on here have tried to state. In journalism, you are taught to get sources for a story and fact check the sources, twice. And name the sources if you are able and get permission. If you can't get permission, you typically have to go to an editor and state your case as to why you can't use a source. That fact alone can kill a story or a source in the story so it isn't published.
This involves phone calls, email communications, carefully referencing and checking those sources and statements, and using an invalidated source off the internet is sloppy, at best, and inaccurate at worst, journalism, if you even want to call it that.
While I never wrote professionally, I was in San Jose State University's journalism school for three years, and switched majors my last year. it's a pretty good journalism school. I have some knowledge of the trade and not trying to brag:
Based on 66 evaluation factors, San Jose State University journalism program ranks #37 out of Journalism Schools (out of 1,754; top 15%) in USA. Major competing journalism schools in CA are University of Southern California in Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley.