I’m sorry @FileKraft, but I have to stand against you on that one. Staying informed is very generic. I agree that the intention of the question was to look for answers that are more broadly available than private communications.
That said, for those who invest & maintain those relationships (regardless of one’s capacity or access) I have to say that it is a valid source of information. Information is just that, how you value it can depend on your own scale. For sure, if someone speaks to an employee and hears something that has not been publicly announced, there is an understanding that things may shift by the time it comes to a public announcement, or that it may never end up happening. At that point, previous exchanges also come into play to see how reliable the source is.
We’re not talking about political/religious beliefs here so opposing FACTUAL communications that someone may recognize as EVIDENCE in a given context to “facts, evidence, science and logic” and minimize them to “gossip” or “promises, speculations, (…)” does not sit well with me.
Just from that, I’m guessing your past experience on that side of things was not a reliable one. I could be wrong. Either way, I suggest you measure the weight of your words. From the outside, it looks like you are painting a picture with a very broad brush.