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Anonymous Anti-Trump Op-Ed Evokes Joe McCarthy Era

Anonymous Anti-Trump Op-Ed Evokes Joe McCarthy Era
Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., a sling supporting an injured elbow, comes off the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., Dec. 2, 1954. This after senators adopted a resolution condemning and censuring his conduct. (AP)

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I felt a full measure of disgust today while reading those applauding The New York Times for taking the unprecedented step of using an anonymous author who claims to be a senior official in the White House, to smear the president.

It's truly unconscionable that the editors in charge of the The Gray Lady believed they were serving a higher good by granting a platform to a person bragging about taking charge of the government from the man duly elected to the post.

In fact the author cited numerous other officials involved in the same conspiracy to take down the elected administration and all without letting us know who they are.

How convenient.

During Joe McCarthy’s War on Washington,D.C., the late and now disgraced Wisconsin senator would level accusations with little foundation but plenty of vitriol.

At the height of the outrage he would wave pieces of paper in front of Senate colleagues and shocked onlookers declaring "I have names."

However just like The New York Times this week- his accusations were anonymous. He didn’t produce the names of the accused but waved the threats in the air anyway.

Is The New York Times still so upset over getting beaten to a pulp by the way The Washington Post covered Watergate that it's willing to destroy its entire credibility — in the hopes it can now bring down a president more than 40 years later?

Watching the  anonymous sources getting promoted to being writers in the op-ed separtment one has to wonder.

For all of those self-congratulatory sorts who are cheering this disgraceful behavior I ask, what if it were you?

How would you respond to the flood of allegations from anonymous sources, many of which are discredited almost as quickly as the sensational stories they purport contributing to appear?

What would your opinion be if the opinion piece being written by an anonymous source were denigrating you, your family, your team, and your every move?

I'm guessing that would change your opinion.

I don’t need to consider this any further. What The New York Times did was wrong. Period. There is no debate for me. To give a platform to a self-serving professional bureaucrat to attack the White House was simply irresponsible and indefensible.

Would The Wall Street Journal or The Washington Post stoop to that level to get as many clicks as possible on its "breaking news" posts?

This nation was founded in part on the idea that we could not be attacked by anonymous sources in the shadows. The idea is enshrined in the 6th Amendment to the Constitution itself. This is not a matter that crosses that line — at least not yet — but it crosses the line of responsible journalism, violating all ethical guidelines as well.

The only ones able to defend this farce are those who long ago lined up against the president — and the White House. They are satisfied with the outcome.

Due process is of no concern. They are going to get even no matter what.

The very thing The Times decried in its coverage of the late Sen. Joe McCarthy is exactly what they are guilty of today. The Gray Lady has resorted to smear tactics and hearsay that reads more like a gossip column than a respected newspaper.

McCarthyism has come to be known as the reckless pursuit of people, based on accusations that can't confirmed, and then coupled with public attacks on character and competence.

McCarthyism is also defined by ideological attacks on a person’s politics or patriotism.

Does this sound like what you have been witnessing these past couple of days? Yes, of course it does. In fact it sounds exactly like what we have witnessed ever since the early morning hours of  Nov. 9, 2016.

If this anonymous author is in fact real then they have only one path to follow. They must resign immediately, while going public with their accusations. There is no other way this story is credible. If it is then the sake of our very republic depends on it.

If the story is not credible then the entire management staff at The New York Times must resign immediately. There is simply no other way journalism will survive such a scourge.

I grew up watching Walter Cronkite on "The CBS Evening News," each night on television.

I cannot help but think that The Dean of American News would not allow such a travesty as an anonymous op-ed writer to get away with such a thing as attacking an American president.

Appearing on the CBS program "See It Now" legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow said this of watching Joe McCarthy at the peak of his fame, "We will not be driven by fear into anage of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men . . . to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for themoment, unpopular."

The New York Times and the anonymous author of the hatchet-job on the president should both heed those words in these difficult times.

Further, I would ask The Gray Lady and Anonymous this, in the words of then-special counsel for the Army Joseph N. Welch, delivered June 9 1954, during the Army-McCarthy Hearings  — "Have you left no sense of decency?"

Well?

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I don’t need to consider this any further. What The New York Times did was wrong. Period. There is no debate for me. To give a platform to a self-serving professional bureaucrat to attack the White House was simply irresponsible.
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