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

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

It was an extraordinary decision at a tense time for editors at The New York Times: a senior official at the Trump administration wanted to tell the world that some who work for the president try to blunt his worst instincts, but wanted the cover of anonymity to avoid being fired.

"The dilemma - which he does not fully grasp - is that numerous senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations".

The report quoted an unnamed White House official as saying that speculation about a replacement was now "more real than ever" after revelations in famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward's upcoming book titled "Fear: Trump in the White House".

And there were plenty of other jokes about who the author might be, as well as his or her motives. "Using anonymous sources is a very important tool in the toolbox for my colleagues in the newsroom, so not judging".

Trump posted another statement from White House chief of staff John Kelly. "So, well done, New York Times".

I worked at The New York Times for most of my career.

"In a statement, she called it a "pathetic, reckless and selfish op-ed" and said: "[The author] is not putting his country first, but putting himself and his ego ahead of the will of the people.

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace said on Wednesday the stunning claims made in the anonymous op-ed - for example, that there is a group of "adults" in the White House who believe Trump is unfit to hold office and are trying to shape policy behind the president's back - are akin to "a coup".

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The first lady said that anonymous sources were hurting news coverage across the board. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's spokesman, Tony Sayegh, said on Twitter it was "laughable to think this could come from the secretary". The anonymous author was gutless, the president said.

And the piece has triggered a nationwide guessing game over the identity of the author, who wrote that there were whispers early in Trump's presidency about invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office.

Trump, appearing at an unrelated event Wednesday at the White House, lashed out at the Times for publishing the op-ed. "If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"

"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", Trump said on Twitter.

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

And White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called on the anonymous official to resign. Ben Sasse of Nebraska - a frequent critic of the president - said the views in the op-ed were "not surprising".

Woodward repeatedly requested an interview with Trump for the book, but did not succeed.

"I was absolutely nervous about it for any number of reasons, one being the safety and security of the writer". Dao said: "I feel that we followed a definition that has been used by our newsroom in the past".

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