‘We’ve seen the standard now’: Don Jr called out NYT’s deceptive ‘anonymous’ hit piece in 2018

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In 2018, The New York Times published an anti-Trump op-ed from an anonymous Trump administration official that the left-wing paper claimed was a “senior administration official.”

Two years later, it’s now been confirmed that, in the words of tabloid talk show host Maury Povich, “That was a lie.”

In a statement published to Medium on Wednesday, the formerly anonymous official outed himself as Miles Taylor, a low-level staffer who’d been serving in the Department of Homeland Security as a measly policy adviser when the piece was published.

He later very briefly served first as then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s chief of staff and then acting Secretary Chad Wolf’s chief of staff, but this happened after the op-ed was published. And even then, these weren’t “senior” positions.

This bombshell outing confirmed that Donald Trump Jr. had been right when he’d predicted in September of 2018 that the anonymous writer would turn out to be a “very low-level person.”

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The bombshell outing also confirmed that the Times had lied yet again — this time through deception, according to journalist Steve Krakauer.

Let’s be perfectly clear – the ONLY reason the New York Times would grant a middle level staffer who no one in the world had heard of anonymity to write that column is because they wanted to deceive readers into thinking it was someone of significantly more prominence,” he wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

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He wasn’t alone in expressing this sentiment. Congressional Republicans, conservative commentators and even some liberal journalists all agreed.

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“Very poor editorial decisions” indeed. Not only was Taylor a relatively low-level staffer, but it appears he was — and likely remains — a pathological liar.

After he resigned from the Trump administration in 2019, he eventually notched a position at CNN as a commentator, where he then proceeded to tell more lies.

Asked this past summer by host Anderson Cooper whether he was aware of the anonymous writer’s identity, he said, “I’m not.” That was a lie. Asked next whether he himself was the anonymous writer, he said, “No.” That too was a lie.

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Taylor also lied about his political leanings.

Asked again about whether he’s the anonymous writer, he told CNN host John Berman that this was impossible because he’d always been a “lifelong Republican.”

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Yet records show that he and his wife donated to then-Democrat presidential nominee Barack Hussein Obama in 2008. Lifelong Republicans don’t donate to Democrats.

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Responding to the bombshell announcements Wednesday, President Donald Trump said at a rally in Arizona that Taylor is a “low life” and The New York Times is “fake news.”

“He works at CNN. He wrote a phony book, if you heard about anonymous, it was like somebody that was right next to me. I thought it might’ve been Hope Hicks. I thought I might’ve been Jared, I thought a might’ve been Mike Lee from the great state of Utah. I was extremely worried about Rand Paul, maybe it was Rand,” he said.

“I say, low level, low life that I don’t know. I have no idea who he is other than I got to see him a little while ago on television and I think they threw them out a long time ago. His phony book was just based on fake articles and left wing outlets. He worked with the, listen to this, the fake news, New York Times.”

Indeed, last year Taylor published a book titled “A Warning: Anonymous” that purported to offer “An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the president rocked the nation’s capital,” according to the book’s Amazon description.

Not shockingly, even the description was a lie …

Vivek Saxena

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