Judith Miller: The anonymous op-ed in the NY Times merited publication

07 September, 2018, 07:56 | Author: Ann Santiago
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The explosive anonymous op-ed about President Trump published this week by the New York Times was NOT written by Linda McMahon ... at least according to her.

They lined up to deny writing an incendiary New York Times opinion piece that was purportedly submitted by a member of an administration "resistance" movement straining to thwart Trump's most risky impulses. "So when you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who's failing and probably here for all the wrong reasons, now, and The New York Times is failing". "[Donald Trump] has a clear governing vision for the country and his record of results is remarkable".

Isn't it a shame that someone can write an article or book, totally make up stories and form a picture of a person that is literally the exact opposite of the fact, and get away with it without retribution or cost.

Washington was consumed by a wild guessing game as to the identity of the author, and swift denials of involvement in the op-ed came Thursday from top administration officials, including from Vice-President Mike Pence's office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Dan Coats, director of national intelligence.

Hotly debated on Twitter was the author's use of the word "lodestar", which pops up frequently in speeches by Vice President Mike Pence.

Still others, though, found other phrases, like "first principles" to be indicative of a number of officials.

"If a person is bold enough to accuse people of negative actions, they have a responsibility to publicly stand by their words and people have the right to be able to defend themselves", Mrs. Trump said in the statement.

Trump describes the editorial as "gutless".

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Others say the op-ed just reiterated what most people who have been watching this White House closely already know: This is a president like no other.

But as the president took the stage, the fallout lingered from the anonymous account published Wednesday in the New York Times. The person wrote that he or she and others wanted the administration to succeed, but they were working to undercut Trump's worst impulses and called him "detrimental to the health of the republic".

"Well before this week's revelations about President Trump's interactions with defense secretary Jim Mattis in Bob Woodward's new book, officials inside the White House have been actively discussing who will replace Mattis at the Pentagon - whenever he might step down", the daily reported.

On Wednesday, visibly angry at a White House event, Mr Trump called the Times article a "gutless editorial" and in a later tweet he suggested it was treasonous. The column attracted so much attention - as much for its existence as for what it actually said - that it raised the expectation that the author is someone powerful, she said. Dao said: "I feel that we followed a definition that has been used by our newsroom in the past".

The mystery writer has sparked wild speculation, similar to the frenzy to learn the identity of Woodward and Carl Bernstein's mysterious Watergate source, Deep Throat, who was later to be revealed to be Federal Bureau of Investigation associate director Mark Felt.

But the internet and Trump's own aides were abuzz with speculation over who the unnamed official might be and whether the act of defiance was tantamount to a coup in the making. He criticized the media for what he said were its efforts to "undermine this administration". Reading off a list, he said nobody had matched his administration's accomplishments, touting the country's economic gains since his election.

The book claims that after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ordered chemical weapons to be used against civilians in April of a year ago, Trump called Mattis and said he wanted to assassinate Assad.

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