Wednesday, September 5, 2018

NYTimes runs Trump-insider critique

It seems to me that the New York Times has taken a leaf from Donald Trump's playbook with its publication today of a piece allegedly written by a White House insider who says that a group within the Trump administration is working to sideline if not outright thwart the chaos that the sitting president has sown.

The Times allows the writer his/her/their space under the byline "anonymous" and footnotes the piece itself with the descriptive, "The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration."

How does this presentation differ from some blog rant or Trump assertion that he alone is credible where his critics are not? Trump wants me to believe his veracity. And the Times, in what seems a desperate sense of frustration, puts its own morality and clear-headedness on the chopping block. "Believe me!" the Times seems to crow. "We wouldn't print this if it weren't enormously important." It's true because, well, we gave it the stamp of approval.

The piece itself is couched in bureaucro-speak criticism. It's not a blanket criticism, but it's critical enough (assuming its author(s)) is/are Republican) to make the Times go WOW. To me, coming within a couple of weeks of newspapers across the country running anti-Trump blowback against Trump's loudmouthed savaging of the press, it has the earmarks of a whining, foot-stamping third-grader like Trump.

How drunk was the editor who OK'd running this piece?

Mind you, I'm all in favor of bringing Trump down. The man turns my nation into a tin-pot ghetto in which everything is for sale and his personal star shines ever brighter. Third-world America. But there is something awry when the Times stoops to "anonymous"

At the risk of doing something bad, here is a copy of the article:

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration

I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

1 comment:

  1. I saw the story about Woodward's book and thought it likely that this all came from that. But an anonymous insider claim could certainly throw some turmoil into the POTUS pond.