By Duncan Smith
Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, said Sunday he ‘stands by’ his story from last week in which he claimed ‘four anonymous sources’ told him that President Donald Trump disparaged American war dead interned in a historic cemetery in France as “suckers” and “losers.”
Mind you, the claimed have been debunked as just the latest hit piece against a president that is so loathed by his media detractors they regularly manufacture ‘facts’ and ‘sources’ just to attack him.
We’ve seen it happen so often now that the president’s term for such ‘reporting’ — “fake news” — has become ensconced in our vocabulary.
But there was Goldberg pushing his BS Sunday on CNN (where else?) and despite the fact that the claims have been debunked in the double digits by people who were with the president in France in 2018 when he was supposed to have made the comments.
The claims have also been debunked by documents obtained via Freedom Of Information Act requests showing that the cancellation of a trip to the cemetery came after then-Chief of Staff John Kelly nixed the trip due to weather.
Here is the @JasonLeopold tweet from 2019 about these Navy FOIA records he obtained.
Today @JeffreyGoldberg described how the Atlantic was extra careful on this story. Also seems inaccurate.
Documents got by Leopold prove them wrong. Great job Jason!https://t.co/JUMWtKRuXg
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 4, 2020
I'm confident I have better sources within this White House than @JeffreyGoldberg, and I expect that upon investigation his anonymously sourced story will live up to the quality we can expect from The Atlantic under his leadership.
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) September 4, 2020
Even John Bolton, an intense critic of Pres Trump, reveals the truth about the canceled visit to the American cemetery in France.
The Atlantic's story is gutter muckraking. https://t.co/kmKJ8MGVkx
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) September 4, 2020
But once upon a time, Goldberg hated ‘anonymous sources,’ but of course, that was in 2016 when he was under assault.
The Daily Wire reported:
On Sunday, appearing on CNN's 'Reliable Sources' with host Brian Stelter, Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor of The Atlantic, which has been slammed for running a hit piece on President Trump based on anonymous sources, blamed Trump, claiming, 'We all have to use anonymous sources, especially in a climate in which the President of the United States tries to actively intimidate journalism organizations and people who provide information to journalism organizations.'
Stelter asked about the piece, which claimed Trump had made disparaging remarks about the U.S. military but whose accuracy was then fiercely disputed by numerous figures within the Trump administration, 'Why grant anonymity in the first place?' He continued obsequiously, 'Help viewers at home understand how this works. Obviously these sources are not anonymous to you; you know their names; you know why they are credible, and you're attaching your own credibility to them by granting them anonymity.'
Goldberg replied, 'Right. Of course, And as Jennifer Griffin on Fox said, and I think this was a great quote, she said, 'These are not people who are anonymous to me.' I mean, yes, we know, if you're a good reporter and you're gonna quote someone anonymously, you better have faith in what they're saying. It's a complicated thing as you well know; we all have to use anonymous sources, especially in a climate in which the President of the United States tries to actively intimidate journalism organizations and people who provide information to journalism organizations. But the formula is simple: What you do is you have to say, 'Does the public's right to know or need to know a particular piece of information outweigh the morally complicated and ambiguous qualities of anonymous sourcing?''
'And so most of us, most of the time, don't rely on anonymous sourcing for most things, because there are difficulties there,' Goldberg claimed. 'But in this climate, with information that we judge the voters to need, we are going to use anonymous sources because we think the public has a right to know. Especially when you have four, five, six sources, primary sources, corroborating sources, telling you the same thing.'
Well, gosh, that makes sense, huh?
But, as the Daily Wire continues:
Ironically, after the publication of the well-known May 2016 article in The New York Times Magazine in which former Obama administration Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes essentially admitted he had manipulated the media regarding the Iran nuclear deal, Goldberg attacked David Samuels, the freelancer who had written the article, for writing, 'For those in need of more traditional-seeming forms of validation, handpicked Beltway insiders like Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor helped retail the administration's narrative.'
Goldberg wrote, 'I did not find this mention of my name amusing at all, because Samuels is making a serious, unsourced, and unsubstantiated allegation against me in an otherwise highly credible publication (one for which I happened to work, in fact).'
What’s really amazing to us is that these Beltway journalists — all Left-wing hack Democrat activists — are either perplexed as to why most Americans simply don’t believe them anymore or actually believe that most people do.
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