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The New York Times Anonymous Source Revealed?

The New York Times Anonymous Source Revealed?
September 06
18:04 2018

There is much speculation as to who could possibly be that anonymous person who wrote the op-ed that appeared in the New York Times. Was there even such a person? After all, the Times admitted that they helped write the op-ed.

Well, that is not exactly how they put it, but they did say they “edited” it, but only for style. As a person who had mucho material edited, I can tell you that the line between “style” and “content” can be indistinguishable. In the spirit of full disclosure, the Times should publish the pre and post-edited versions and let the public decide. Don’t hold your breath.

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The speculation over the author is raging because the Times violated journalistic ethics in publishing such a scurrilous op-ed anonymously. But, that is what they did, so speculation is all we have.

The anti-Trump folks speculate that the person is very close to the president. After all, he is said to be a “high level” person – someone who would know things. That at least brings us down to the approximately 4,000 people who may be so described – in the White House, in departments or agencies or even in the HUD office in Chicago. The mystery person may be a Trump appointee or a holdover protected by Civil Service.

Well, since speculation is all we have, I shall offer up mine. I think the person is … drum roll, please … 12-year-old Barron Trump. Yes, there is much evidence to suggest that the youngest son of the president is the person who penned the op-ed. There are clues to be considered.

First, there is the editing by the Times. That is what you might do for a 12-year-old. A real high-ranking government official would have sufficient grasp of the language to write flawlessly. Remember, that one of the primary talents of a government official is to write all those banal memos, speeches and reports that that require a forest of trees to publish in government documents every day.

Then there is the age issue. Anyone who has guided children on the cusp of teenage-hood will know how angry they can get. It has something to do with the change in body chemistry and the beginning of psychological separation. Regardless, they can get pretty upset at parental authority. The angry dumping of a series of complaints is a classic trait. It is those sentences that begin with “You never let me (whatever).” The op-ed author is obviously overwhelmed with not getting his way.

It is obvious that the person who offered up the first draft was angry. They did not like what the parent … ooops … I mean the president said and did. They did not like the scoldings, so to speak. Even the most rational guidance of a parent is seen as offensive in the immature view of the prepubescent.

When overcome with such emotion, young kids see their parents as “mean,” “unfair” and “stupid” – and they lash out. But, they exaggerate their own behavior as a reasonable alternative – even noble. Sort of like claiming to be saving the nation from daddy’s bad moods.

They support their arguments by expressing the endorsement of nameless others. They attack parents with some form of “Everyone thinks you are (whatever).” The child lacks the confidence to stand alone in his or her judgement. That is why the op-ed person claims to be part of an unspecified group of people who agree with him.

Hmmm. This could also explain how the Times gets all that inside gossip about the relationship between the president and his wife. Barron may be a serial leaker. But, I digress.

Then there is that characteristic “I’ll show you” tone of the op-ed that suggests retaliatory anger – a common characteristic of immaturity. Usually, it results in complaining about the parent to outside friends and anyone who will listen. You know, “My dad is so (whatever).

And then there is the reason for the anonymity. As long as they do not name the person, the anti-Trump crowd can pretend the source was informed and of good intent. Would the Old Gray Lady of journalism want it known that the source for their overly hyped op-ed piece was the work of a 12-year-old? Maybe anonymity was not to protect the author, but to protect the Times from public scrutiny of its own credibility.

In totality, it is the lack of substance, the ranting style and the gross immaturity of the op-ed that makes me put Barron into the mix of possible authors. It is a figurative temper tantrum that the Times – for obvious reasons – decided to publish as a serious article.

It seems obvious, however, that the op-ed in the Times is the work of an angry 12-year-old mind.

About Author

Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Irreverent One
    Irreverent One September 07, 16:22

    This is, without doubt, one of the best examples of satire that I have seen in some time. Congratulations to Larry Horist and a well deserved thank you added.

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  2. marby3
    marby3 September 07, 16:45

    I’ve heard of reaching but this is absolutely idiotic and disgusting.

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    • Badedd
      Badedd September 07, 18:02

      You obviously are not attuned to sarcasm. The author was making a succinct point about the sloppiness of this missive. The mere fact that the NY Crimes and to edit it to be legible and readable should have sent a red flag your way. Alas, your comprehensive skills are sorely lacking.

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    • KimL
      KimL September 07, 18:56

      I took it as a joke. It is, isn’t it?

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    • Zip
      Zip September 08, 15:39

      Totally agree! Even if it’s tongue in cheek, attacking and accusing a child is dirty, below the belt cowardly and disgusting. I’m not surprised you stopped so low as to attack and humiliate a child! Shame, shame shame on you!

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    • BillyMax
      BillyMax September 08, 16:18

      Wow, you obviously don’t pick up on satire or you would read it for what it is. The Times is the immature 12 year old child here. That commi liberal rag would print notes from a restroom wall as ligitmate fact! Beside that Barron is educated and would write a better article.

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  3. Bill
    Bill September 07, 18:15

    This epic is lower than low !

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  4. davidlaing
    davidlaing September 07, 19:13

    Sorry; beyond credibility

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  5. Jj
    Jj September 07, 20:10

    please unsubscribe me at once.

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  6. Granny
    Granny September 07, 21:51

    I got the best laugh from your article and so did my husband.

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  7. Granny
    Granny September 07, 22:07

    I had a great laugh and so did my husband

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  8. mojo
    mojo September 07, 23:01

    I confess, it was me and the NYT paid well

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  9. RM
    RM September 07, 23:34

    Great read… Makes a lot of sense to the senior Trump official would not need to be edited…

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  10. Robert Keith
    Robert Keith September 07, 23:56


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  11. Plumber dave
    Plumber dave September 08, 00:03

    12 year olds are Democrats in nature. Thus what is the difference?

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  12. poker face
    poker face September 08, 02:13

    Horist may be on to something. Not beyond the realm. If true, how many “going to bed without supper” will the kid have to endure?

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  13. Ginger
    Ginger September 08, 03:20

    I believe that the op ed was nothing but a publicity stunt. Look at all of the coverage the failing NY Times has gotten off of this idiotic story. When ever you have to use “anonymous” as your source, it likely is not worth reading. Anonymous can be anyone, including Barron Trump. Only a fool would believe anything stated in the op ed as credible.

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    • RJ
      RJ September 08, 15:40

      Besides fact that you stole the phrase “failing NY Times” right out of the mouth of a babbling idiot, you have failed to notice that all of Captain Bone Spur’s sources are anonymous.

      It’s always, “My friend Jimmy” or “Someone I’ve known for a long time” or “Many people are saying.”

      Trump is infamous over a period of decades for smearing his enemies with anonymous sources or calling the “failing NY Times” and pretending to be someone else.

      Look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are so loyal to a guy with a 5th grade vocabulary, who lies with every breath, who promised to help the forgotten American, only to pass tax cuts for the wealthy and has not only failed to drain the swamp, but filled his cabinet with the biggest thieves Washington has ever seen?

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      • California Conservative
        California Conservative September 10, 20:00

        RJ, you sound unhinged. TDS. If you were “earning” money, you’d see that taxes are lower. Don’t you hear the howls of the swamp creatures losing their jobs? Don’t you see the rabble rousers protesting President Trump’s sucesses? “Stealing phrases”? The “Lies with every breath” screed hat you parrot, twists the truth of every word that President Trump utters. Look up the words “irony” and “sarcasm.” Americans don’t feel “forgotten.” President Trump is working harder and accomplishing more than any politician in history, in spite of the most withering, relentless, antagonistic, shameful, hateful, uncivil, and deplorable opposition, criticism, and negative press coverage in history. His published approval ratings aren’t moved by the MSM, Rino, Never-Trumper, and Deep State negativity, and an honest poll would show President Trump’s approval off the charts. You trolls just don’t get it. Keep it up!

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  14. Stovepipe
    Stovepipe September 08, 14:22

    From Basso to Soprano this article has all the earmarks of a person who has been castrated (in body or psyche; ie: could be male or female) by Mama. Mama would be so proud; at least still has guts!

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  15. Trump girl
    Trump girl September 09, 02:22

    This has to be the stupidest thing I have every read!!!!

    Reply to this comment

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