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White House, Reporters Mock Revelation Of Identity Of ‘Anonymous’ Author
26 August 2019, France (France), Biarritz: Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU,l) and Donald Trump, President of the USA, laugh at the beginning of bilateral talks on the fringes of the G7 summit. The summit will take place from 24 to 26 August in Biarritz.
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The Trump administration and numerous reporters mocked the revelation that the alleged “senior administration official” that was behind The New York Times’ “anonymous” op-ed two years ago was not nearly as high-ranking as he was portrayed.

The author, Miles Taylor, was immediately discredited following the revelation after video clips of him emerged showing him repeatedly denying in media interviews that he was “anonymous.”

”President Trump is focused on leading the great American comeback and keeping his promises to the American people,” the administration said in a statement. “This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading.”

“He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired after only serving in this role for a matter of weeks,” the statement continued. “It is appalling a low-ranking official would be granted anonymity and it is clear the New York Times is doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats. The American people elected President Trump to carry out his vision for the country, not an arrogant deep state operative trying to put their agenda ahead of the President’s America First policies.”

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows wrote: “Laughable as the ‘Miles Taylor Anonymous’ episode is, it’s every bit as damaging to the media. The New York Times amplified a no-name agency deputy with no access to President Trump and misled Americans into thinking he was an influential senior official. Absolutely ridiculous.”

Hard-left CNN analyst Susan Hennessey noted that the decision by The New York Times to label him a “senior administration official” and grant him anonymity in the op-ed does not hold up well given who Miles Taylor is.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan noted that The New York Times’ decision was an “embarrassment.”

NRSC Senior Advisor Matt Whitlock noted: “Miles Taylor wasn’t even listed on DHS’s senior leadership page when NYT published his op-ed because he was just a policy advisor, not even chief of staff.”

“Rising” host Saagar Enjeti commented: “Miles Taylor is* the first author in history to BENEFIT from being anonymous when writing a book If anyone knew who he was they wouldn’t have given a shit.”

Vox commentator Matthew Yglesias wrote: “The anonymity in the original op-ed combined with these paragraphs is used to create the false impression that we are reading the thoughts of a cabinet officer with direct knowledge of these conversations, not a Schedule C rehashing press reports.”

Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll added: “Yeah this is … really bad … carefully crafting the sense that Anonymous was a cabinet member … it’s also reckless to inject that kind of paranoia into a WH admin for … what amounts to clicks.”

Journalist Yashar Ali tweeted: “Miles Taylor is the new James Comey. He’s not a hero to either side.”

Reporter Jim Brunner noted that CNN hired Taylor after Taylor lied to the network when he falsely claimed that he was not “anonymous.”

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