Various major US news outlets are echoing a Huffington Post article titled "Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs And Ds" including NPR, Fox, and the Des Moines Register.

Because if you ever enter politics, you may one day think about running for president. And if you do decide to run, your college grades could become an issue, especially if they're mediocre.

That's what Texas Gov. Rick Perry is learning the hard way, now that what's reportedly his college transcript is on the Internet for the eyes of Texas and the world to gaze upon, courtesy of the Huffington Post.

He was well acquainted with Bs, Cs and Ds. A pre-veterinary student, he got an F in organic chemistry. While many people won't hold that against him, it may help explain why he's not a practicing veterinarian today.

Perry (a former candidate in the U.S. Republican presidential primary) seems to have neither confirmed nor denied the transcript's accuracy.

The governor’s office did not return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

How do journalists test the provenance of leaked documents like this?

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    Who is rick perry? – Sklivvz Aug 23 '11 at 21:31
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    Two words: Dan Rather – Russell Steen Aug 23 '11 at 21:33
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    @Mike -- It's shocking but "major US news outlets" do sometimes report on political news from other countries. Odd, but true. – Russell Steen Aug 24 '11 at 1:12
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    I don't know if the picture is, but Rick Perry is not authentic. – Moab Aug 24 '11 at 1:13
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    He graduated from Texas A&M so a sure way to check is to see if it was written in crayon. (We Longhorns can't pass up an opportunity to dig on Aggies) – JohnFx Sep 10 '11 at 4:17

Yes, this is authentic.

Perry acknowledged that his transcript has been published:

Let's lay out our income taxes. Let's lay our college transcripts. Mine's been on the front page of the paper.

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    +1 way to fix a bit of a broken window by having no answer here for so long! – William Grobman Sep 29 '13 at 14:35

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