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Politics The NYT Exaggerated the Stature of ‘Anonymous’ — and the Rest of Media Built Him Up Even Further

18:21  29 october  2020
18:21  29 october  2020 Source:   nationalreview.com

'Anonymous' revealed: Former aide Miles Taylor says he wrote scathing opinion piece on Donald Trump

  'Anonymous' revealed: Former aide Miles Taylor says he wrote scathing opinion piece on Donald Trump Writing under the name "Anonymous," Miles Taylor said Cabinet members considered invoking the 25th Amendment as a way to force Trump from office."This election is a two-part referendum: first, on the character of a man, and second, on the character of our nation," said Taylor, a former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security.

After the New York Times published the infamous “anonymous” op-ed by a Trump administration official in September 2018, the paper’s then-opinion editor James Dao described in a follow-up why the Times had described the author of the piece as a “senior administration official.”

a man standing in front of a window: Former DHS official, Miles Taylor, appears in a Republican Voters Against Trump ad. © Screenshot via YouTube Former DHS official, Miles Taylor, appears in a Republican Voters Against Trump ad.

“The term we chose, senior administration official, is used in Washington by both journalists and government officials to describe positions in the upper echelon of an administration, such as the one held by this writer,” Dao explained.

Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor?

  Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? A two-year Washington mystery finally ended Wednesday when Miles Taylor revealed that he had authored a previously anonymous op-ed published in 2018 declaring himself part of a secret “resistance” within the Trump administration. © Greg Nash Who is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? The op-ed, which appeared in The New York Times, faced both praise from some of President Trump's critics as well as its own criticism over the author's insistence of anonymity and the claims made within the piece.

The characterization led to an internal White House investigation to uncover the author, and rank speculation among a press happy to add to the intrigue.

Outlets like the Washington Post and New York Magazine aggregated the theories circulating on the internet, while BBC and Vox used “linguistic analysis” to try and match words used in the piece and the length of the sentences to public comments from figures within the White House. Both outlets ultimately settled on the highest-ranking person who could have possibly authored the piece, Vice President Mike Pence. Slate speculated it was Jon Huntsman, then-ambassador to Russia.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza also included Pence on a list of 13 possible suspects, including the First Lady and a double-team option of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. He clearly took the Times at their word and devoted an entire column to defend the paper for its use of the descriptor, saying the paper would never have granted anonymity to “some midlevel bureaucrat.”

Anonymous agent trashes Rich Paul, LeBron James for costing clients money

  Anonymous agent trashes Rich Paul, LeBron James for costing clients money Rich Paul has become one of the most powerful agents in sports thanks to his relationship with LeBron James, and there are others in the industry who do not approve of the empire the duo has built. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James and his agent has been called out by an anonymous agent. Ben Standig and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic anonymously surveyed NBA agents to get some of their thoughts on LeBron, and one took the opportunity to unload on James, Paul and Klutch Sports. The agent criticized the arrangement LeBron and Paul and essentially said LeBron is illegally recruiting clients for Klutch Sports.

“This is not a decision made lightly. That the decision was made to publish it should tell you that this isn’t some disgruntled mid-to-upper manager buried in the bureaucracy. This is a genuine high-ranking official,” he wrote. “A name most people who follow politics — and maybe some who don’t — would recognize. The Times simply wouldn’t do what it did for anything short of a major figure in Trump world.”

But on Wednesday, Miles Taylor revealed that he wrote the op-ed as a 31-year-old deputy chief of staff at DHS. Six months later, Taylor was promoted to Kirstjen Nielsen’s chief of staff, before quitting to take a job at Google and a side gig as a contributor at CNN, where he lied when asked directly on air in August if he was “anonymous.”

On the day the op-ed was published, Taylor was not even listed on DHS’s website under “Leadership.”

“I would not describe him as a senior administration official,” former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart — who tweeted in 2018 that the “anonymous op-ed writer in the White House” should “get the pen out again” — told the Washington Post.

The New York Times called ‘Anonymous’ op-ed author Miles Taylor a Trump ‘senior official.’ Was that accurate?

  The New York Times called ‘Anonymous’ op-ed author Miles Taylor a Trump ‘senior official.’ Was that accurate? The author’s self-reveal raised questions about whether his role was overhyped by the description. Was it really accurate to describe the author as a “senior” official? Was the anonymity granted by his book publisher and the New York Times justified? And given his role in implementing one of the administration’s cruelest policies, was he really the righteous whistleblower he portrayed himself to be?

This time around, the Times declined to tell the Post why Taylor had been described as a “senior administration official.”

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