I will give this to my name and not say anonymous:
The whole change in the New York Times by an anonymous author put in the trash of President Trump is now giving people a bad look.
Now that Miles Taylor, who later published a book, has surpassed himself, he barely fits the description of the “high-ranking government official” that provoked outrage when Washington himself ask if the person who describes Trump as “petty and ineffective” is the Cabinet or the assistant Cabinet official, or even someone in the White House.
Instead, it was the chief of staff for the Homeland Security Secretary ̵1; one of the armies of Beltway officials and barely a part of Trump’s internal. Even the Times said that Taylor’s confession on Medium raises “questions about whether his position in the Trump administration is high enough to justify the decisions of The Times’s Opinion table and home. publish the book to keep his identity a secret or not. “
If Taylor resigned and put his name on the work, it would hardly cause a wave. It was the Times that aroused the Anonymous mystery by conveying the impression that this was a stature insider deserving to be protected by the press.
Taylor, who left DHS last year, made her summer public debut in television hits by kicking off her former boss – but not about his changed ego. In fact, he bluntly lied to CNN’s Anderson Cooper when asked if he was an Anonymous, saying he was only masking for pandemic and Halloween.
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Now – you can’t make this up – he just got hired as a CNN contributor.
Chris Cuomo, against Taylor on Wednesday night. “You lied to us, Miles. In August, you were asked if you are anonymous here with Anderson Cooper, and you said no. Now, why should CNN keep you on payroll after such a lie? “
Somehow, Taylor tried to give himself an opportunity by saying that he wrote in his book (and donated most of the proceeds) that he would “firmly deny” the is the author. He said his initial motive was to avoid Trump’s tendency to “seek personal attacks and distract people to pull people away from criticism of his profile.”
The President has just called Taylor a “killer” who “should be prosecuted” (although there is no evidence he violated any laws). But Taylor’s real reason is that he wants to use the power of the Times to hit Trump without getting hit back.
All of this makes me think of the legion of former Trump Resistance officials and Republican strategists joining forces through Project Lincoln and other groups. And how the husband of a truly senior White House official (George Conway) became famous for his fierce attacks on her boss. And how on the other side, the president and his allies turned to Joe Biden, the Democrat, the media and rivals of the government.
I don’t doubt anyone’s society, and politics is always a difficult game. But the president’s most fierce critics often envelop their attacks in a light of righteousness.
In a Times column using his real name, David Brooks denounced Trump, praising Biden as “a personality of politeness” – and questioning his own behavior and that of the hating crowd. Trump.
“Over the past four years, we’ve poured out hours and hours of anti-Trump posts and in almost every case they have topped the charts – most liked, most retweeted, widely read. Best”.
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The problem, Brooks says, is that “permanent indignation is not a healthy emotional state. We have become a little addicted to our own flurry, addicted to the easy feeling of moral superiority, to the easy assertion we get when we repeat what we believe. Trump-bashing has become a business model ”.
“Addicted to our own umbrage”, causing a certain buzz. What’s fashionable in the media is to blame the political hatred of Donald Trump. But if Biden is sworn in next January, will most of the country simply target its key in different directions?
Are the people on the left demanding the media and Congress to hold the president accountable for Biden and protect everything he does?
Would those on the right say that this president has fallen victim to the fake news that constantly attacks Biden and the Democrats, seeing the press as the ruling party?
Will people continue to yell at each other on Twitter, sometimes using Miles Taylor’s anonymity technique?
That sounds like a prescription for relentless ugliness. And remember, it’s not like a pandemic is going to magically disappear.