Trump Teaches the 'Failing New York Times' What Actual Journalism Looks Like


So, are you sick of the word “lodestar” yet?

I pretty much was within five hours of reading The New York Times‘ now-famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) anonymous op-ed, which used that word and other turns of phrase to try and identify the writer of “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”

We all have our guesses (I personally think I’m guaranteed to win our office pool, but this is just me). However, President Trump thinks that it’s time the “failing New York Times” reveals who it really is, if it truly believes that the president is a national security threat.

The president made the remarks as part of a rally in Billings, Montana on Thursday, addressing why he thought that the left was so angry with the president when the economic fundamentals in the United States were so strong.

“The so-called resistance is angry because their horrible ideas have been rejected by the American people and it’s driving them crazy,” Trump said, according to The Daily Caller. “Crazy. They’re the ones, honestly, that have been driven crazy.

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“The latest act of resistance is the op-ed published in the failing New York Times by an anonymous, really an anonymous, gutless coward.

“He was — nobody knows who the hell he is, or she, although they put he, but probably that’s a little disguise that means that it’s she — but for the sake of our national security The New York Times should publish his name at once.

“I think their reporters should go and investigate who it is, that would actually be a good scoop.

“That would be a good scoop,” the president said again as he got a round of applause from the crowd.

Do you think the writer of the op-ed should be exposed?

“Unelected deep state operatives who defy the voters to push their own secret agendas are truly a threat to democracy itself. And I was so heartened when I look — I think it’s backfired.

“Seriously, people that don’t exactly dig us and they don’t exactly like me. They’re fighting for us. It’s an incredible — it’s actually a beautiful thing.

“We’ve picked up a lot of support because — at some point this whole thing is going to be exposed and it’s really bad, and it’s really dangerous and it’s really sad for the media and the mainstream media. It really is sad,” Trump concluded.

If what was published in The Times was actually serious, the concern should be real. The author stated that “many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

“The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making,” the op-ed reads.

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“Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president,” the writer notes.

“But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

“The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.”

If this were all true, it would all be something to worry about. It would be the real story. However, this is all about drama — and that’s why the media is more worried about guessing who it is than actually sussing it out and reporting on what their motives may have been.

Talk about showing where your lodestar really is.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Morristown, New Jersey
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
American Politics, World Politics, Culture