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Tucker: The real problem with the anonymous New York Times op-ed
Tucker: The problem with the anti-Trump, the anonymous New York Times op-ed, that an unnamed White house official disloyal to the President. We have seen it before. The problem is that so many in our political class being unfaithful voters. The very people responsible for the administration of our democracy, do not believe in democracy. #Tucker
The New York Times is a previously unknown, anonymous opinion piece by a higher trump administration officials, divided according to the publication, reporters scrambling sent the author a expose during of the editorial board of the desperate protection of one and the same person – but the Grey lady would is a Reporter-name of the anonymous author, if you get the chance?
The Op-Ed, headlined “I’m part of the resistance in the Interior of the Trump Administration,” claims Trump management-employees are “hard-working from the inside to frustrate parts of his agenda, and his worst inclinations.”
The paper’s news and opinion are separate departments, and editor-in-chief Dean Baquet supposedly don’t know about the anonymous column before it is published. The Times reported that the unnamed “well known to the times, the editorial page Department, but not to the Reporter, the for the White house.”
As a result, all of Washington is angry, try to find out the identity of the author column. Vanity Fair ‘ s Joe Pompeo wrote, the Times Reporter, “now find themselves in the rather unconventional and certainly awkward position,” while The Wall Street Journal wrote Michael Bender, that even the White house-encouraged officials to reporters to uncover the author.
New York Times public editor-turned-Washington Post-wrote a columnist Margaret Sullivan, that things could get “weird” when a reporter for the Times breaks the story, from the pen of the Op-Ed.
“You should — after all, you have the best potential tipsters on this story, and, conveniently, right in their own building,” Sullivan wrote. “I don’t believe for a minute that he would be held back or stiletto heel. It would run-and, again, heads would explode.”
Sullivan joked she hopes that her current paper breaks the story, in contrast to the times, “for the benefit of the New York Times, of course.”
Things were interesting at The New York Times when a reporter finds out who wrote an anonymous Op-Ed for the paper.
Fox News reached two Times, the most prominent of the White house-to ask reporters Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, whether you tell the name of the author, if you figure it out. Baker declined to comment, while Haberman respond immediately. The times of’ media-relations Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment as to whether or not the paper would be allowed a Reporter to reveal, the author. Baquet does not respond to a direct E-Mail.
“Of course I’m very concerned about the preservation of the anonymity of the writer… but I understand the reporters are doing their job,” James Bennet, the Times ” editorial page editor, told Vanity Fair.
DePauw University professor and media analyst Jeffrey McCall said on Fox News that it is extremely unusual for any newspaper an anonymous source let post an Op-Ed or even a letter to the editor.
“That’s because the news organizations, normally, people who want to speak should have to feel in possession, and their points of view. Further, it protects the news organizations of any claims, the comments are invented,” McCall said. “The times, controlled by the established practice and the logic is not very clear.”
McCall said, the characterization of Trump in the White house might be made of chaos well be true, but not to put the readers with additional information about the source of the claims, and the identification of the Op-Ed’s author as a “senior official” is helpful.
“This thing, in my opinion, should be the delivery of the news side of the paper, so that reporters could not have the opinion of the editors, that fully verified the source against the source of the allegations, and more overall dimension,” McCall said. “Then, the reporters would have decided whether the source deserves anonymity.”
Times Op-Ed Editor, Jim Dao, spoke about the controversial column the time in the ” podcast “every Day.” He said that an “agent” contacted him and explained that an administration official interest in penning the piece. Dao worked “to try and confirm that this person was real”, and finally 100 per cent convinced “the”, and in direct communication with the anonymous author.
“Based on these discussions, came away completely convinced that this was really the official in the trump administration that, they alleged, they were told,” Dao, before you explain, to grant that the piece was important enough anonymity in his eyes.
Dao said he is concerned about the safety and the writer, and has already made considerable steps in order for the author to close his identity to the vest but that will not stop the nation’s top journalists, the try, of the author to pin down.
“It is one thing to protect the Reporter, the sources for the name, but for the editorial area, in order to protect people. Now, as a result of this anonymous Op-Ed posting, we see the whole of the journalistic establishment, running around and trying to find out who the author really is,” McCall said.
Fox News’ Judson Berger contributed to this report.
Brian flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @Brian flood.