Waters | Anonymity unwise in age of ‘fake news’

David Waters, Opinion Editor, The Commercial Appeal

I wouldn’t publish an anonymously written guest column, or op-ed, not even if my mother wrote it. Neither would this newspaper.

Not that I would ever doubt my mother. I certainly don’t doubt the authenticity of the anonymously written op-ed published last week by The New York Times. The piece, titled “I am part of the resistance inside the Trump administration,” was attributed to an anonymous “senior official”.

The author wrote that some administration officials are working behind the scenes to protect the country from President Trump’s “misguided impulses” and “worst inclinations.”

The Times is the most thoroughly vetted and well-sourced newspaper in the world. It also maintains an impregnable and impressive firewall between reporters and opinion writers.

I trust that the opinion editors at The Times know who the anonymous author is, verified the author’s background, and discussed his or her possible motivations.

More: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/columnists/david-waters/2018/09/10/waters-anonymity-unwise-age-fake-news/1254658002/