'That's Not Journalism, That's Clickbait': Gutfeld Slams Anonymous NYT Op-Ed

07 September, 2018, 09:49 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Top aides scurry to disavow NYTimes opinion piece, Trump jets to rally

First Lady Melania Trump issued a scathing statement about Wednesday's anonymously written op-ed as the White House scrambles to ferret out the administration author who claimed "many" senior officials have checked the more unsafe and/or illegal moves of an "amoral", "impetuous", "petty" President Donald Trump. The denials and condemnations came in from far and wide: Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and secretary of defence Jim Mattis denied authorship on a visit to India; interior secretary Ryan Zinke chimed in from American Samoa.

President Trump hit back on social media tweeting "TREASON?", and later cast doubt over the piece's authenticity.

But Mr Trump was said to be "volcanic" with rage over the article and is said to feel that the only people he can trust are his children.

"Our office is above such amateur acts".

During a campaign appearance in Billings, Montana, Trump also praised Greg Gianforte, the Republican congressman who physically attacked the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs past year, as "a fighter and a winner".

Trump is obsssed with finding out who wrote the blistering anonymous op-ed.

"There will always be those. who see these developments as part of a Deep State conspiracy", he said.

"I mean, you look at this frightful thing that took place today".

"What's really going on here is that Woodward's book, and the contents of what is in the anonymous piece in The New York Times is that those closest to the president of the United States are saying we must save the country from the president", Berstein said.


"It's not mine", Pompeo added, referring to the article.

In Washington, the claims of "not me" echoed from vice president Pence's office, from energy secretary Rick Perry, from ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, from Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, and other Cabinet members. Judge Kavanaugh's appearance has been notable for his dodging questions on presidential powers, Roe vs. Wade, and whether he would recuse himself from any potential cases involving President Trump.

The piece says administration officials have discussed the possible use of the 25th Amendment.

The manifesto followed the release of excerpts from a bombshell book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, who portrayed Trump's White House as an out-of-control "crazytown".

The piece immediately became the top story in the country after it was published online by the Times Wednesday afternoon, dominating the news cycle and unleashing a fury of gossip. "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

The Times acknowledged the "rare step" of publishing an anonymous editorial but said the official's job would be jeopardized if they were identified.

"If the failing New York Times has an anonymous editorial - can you believe it?"

The writer claims staff are alarmed at the president's erratic behaviour and that there's a resistance within the administration.

Staff actively worked to insulate themselves from Trump's "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective" leadership style, the writer said.

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