Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Atlantic's Lie About Trump Denigrating U.S. Troops; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg says anonymous sources are ‘not good enough’, and other related stories

The Atlantic's Lie About Trump Denigrating U.S. Troops:
Welcome to the cesspool of anonymously-sourced journalism.
“The story is not true. It has become a very dangerous time when anonymous sources are believed above all else, & no one knows their motivation. This is not journalism – It is activism. And it is a disservice to the people of our great nation.”
That was First Lady Melania Trump, in response to Jeffrey Goldberg’s Atlantic story, based on anonymous sources, that the president called American soldiers in France’s Aisne-Marne cemetery “losers” and “suckers.” Unlike Goldberg, the First Lady was actually there.
“First Lady Melania Trump traveled with her husband to Paris, France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice that ended World War I,” a November 11, 2018 White House press release explains. “Due to inclement weather, the First Lady and President were unable to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, France. The cemetery contains the graves of 2,289 American heroes, and inscribed on the walls of the Memorial Chapel are the names of 1,060 missing American Soldiers from the War.”
“We will never forget the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy today,” Melania Trump said. “We remember and honor the heroic efforts made not only by our brave men in uniform at that time, but of all the American people who came together in this great time of need.”
President Trump called the Atlantic piece a “totally fake story,” and many who were there agreed. Jordan Karem, presidential aide at the time, said the story was “not even close to being factually accurate.” Stephen Miller, Johnny DeStefano, Sarah Sanders, Hogan Gridley, Dan Scavino and John Bolton are all on record that the Goldberg story is untrue. So is former acting White House Chief of Staff Mike Mulvaney. --->READ MORE HERE
The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg says anonymous sources are ‘not good enough’:
Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic and the journalist responsible for the “bombshell” report that President Trump disparaged America’s war dead, conceded that anonymous sources were “not good enough” in reporting such as his.
“I share that view that it’s not good enough. But, you know, like other reporters, I’m always balancing out the moral ambiguities and complications after anonymous sourcing with the public’s right to know,” Goldberg said during a Monday evening interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”
Hayes raised the issue of using unnamed sources with Goldberg while discussing his most recent article, in which he relied on four anonymous accounts.
“I had two reactions when I read the piece. One was, ‘Okay, why didn’t you tell us this before? And why not be on the record, whoever you are out there?’ I mean, this is — what you are saying here is very serious stuff. It is an incredible condemnation of the president’s character and just his humanity, obviously,” Hayes said before asking Goldberg what his response was. --->READ MORE HERE
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