The New York Times at least very nearly exposes a whistle blower

Update, September 29: My mother replies to the following saying that the whistle blower is in even greater danger than from White House retaliation. Citing multiple sources, she points to Donald Trump’s mob connections.[1] The picture here is of the 1920s all over again, only international, including but not limited to Russian and Ukrainian, in scope and with a likely mobster as president of the United States.

The New York Times is an agent for somebody. That somebody is supposed to be the people.[2] It isn’t.

Exposing the whistle blower[3] whose disclosure finally led to a formal impeachment inquiry[4] is problematic for two reasons:

  1. Most obviously, the newspaper is failing to protect a confidential source.[5]
  2. But also, in doing so, it serves the powerful who would resist exposure of this information rather than the people who deserve to be informed.[6] A wrathful administration which valorizes fealty to Donald Trump is now several steps closer to identifying the whistle blower. It may now enforce that fealty.[7]

The New York Times ceased, in my view, to be a newspaper during the 2016 elections, when it so blatantly favored Hillary Clinton over any other candidate, including Bernie Sanders.[8] I believe it now acts to frame Joe Biden as a victim and a sympathetic figure when he deserves to be treated as the unrepentant lying racist “touchy feely” misogynist pervert neoconservative he has repeatedly demonstrated he is.[9] Now, as in 2016, the New York Times serves as an agent for the political establishment, first neoconservatives including Hillary Clinton, and finally even the Trump administration.[10]

  1. [1]Benjamin Fearnow, “Viral ‘Crime Infested’ Trump Tower Thread Details Convicted Criminals, Russian Mobster Tenants Over The Years,” Newsweek, August 1, 2019,; Masha Gessen, “The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State,” New Yorker, January 31, 2019,; Michael Hirsh, “How Russian Money Helped Save Trump’s Business,” Foreign Policy, December 21, 2018,; Amanda Luz Henning Santiago, “Trump’s mob connections,” City and State New York, September 27, 2019,; Craig Unger, “Trump’s Russian Laundromat,” New Republic, July 13, 2017,; Craig Unger, “Trump’s businesses are full of dirty Russian money. The scandal is that it’s legal,” Washington Post, March 29, 2019,
  2. [2]Philip Patterson and Lee Wilkins, Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, 3rd ed. (Boston: McGraw Hill, 1998).
  3. [3]Maanvi Singh, “New York Times faces backlash after revealing details about whistleblower,” Guardian, September 27, 2019,
  4. [4]Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis , “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry of Trump, says his actions were a ‘betrayal of national security,’” Washington Post, September 24, 2019,
  5. [5]Philip Patterson and Lee Wilkins, Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, 3rd ed. (Boston: McGraw Hill, 1998).
  6. [6]Philip Patterson and Lee Wilkins, Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, 3rd ed. (Boston: McGraw Hill, 1998).
  7. [7]Maanvi Singh, “New York Times faces backlash after revealing details about whistleblower,” Guardian, September 27, 2019,
  8. [8]Margaret Sullivan, “Has The Times Dismissed Bernie Sanders?” New York Times, September 9, 2015,
  9. [9]David Benfell, “Joe Biden blows his #MeToo moment, Not Housebroken, April 5, 2019,; Stephen Collinson, “Joe Biden gets in his own way on race,” CNN June 20, 2019,; Stephen Collinson, “Joe Biden throws own campaign into turmoil after Harris attacks his record on race,” CNN, June 28, 2019,; Scott Detrow, “Democrats Blast Biden For Recalling ‘Civil’ Relationship With Segregationists,” National Public Radio, June 19, 2019,; Moira Donegan, “What does Biden have in common with Trump? Delusional nostalgia,” Guardian, June 21, 2019,; Geoffrey Kabaservice, “Joe Biden is the ultimate centrist Democrat. Is that a liability or strength?” Guardian, April 25, 2019,; Chicago mayor-elect: Biden still has to answer for Anita Hill, “Chicago mayor-elect: Biden still has to answer for Anita Hill,” Politico, May 4, 2019,; Michael Kranish and Laura Meckler, “Joe Biden called busing a ‘liberal train wreck.’ Now his stance on school integration is an issue,” Washington Post, June 28, 2019,; Branko Marcetic, “Biden Says He’s the Workers’ Candidate, But He Has Worked To Cut Medicare and Social Security,” In These Times, April 26, 2019,; Branko Marcetic, “Joe Biden Didn’t Just Vote for the Iraq Invasion—He Helped Lead the March to War,” In These Times, July 8, 2019,; Ayesha Rascoe, “Booker Says Biden’s Crime Policies ‘Destroyed Communities Like Mine,’” National Public Radio, August 1, 2019,; Maeve Reston, “Harris’ attack on Joe Biden steals spotlight at Democratic primary debate,” CNN, June 28, 2019,; Brett Samuels, “Biden: ‘I’m not sorry for anything that I have ever done,’” April 5, 2019,; Greg Sargent, “Joe Biden is badly undermining his ability to challenge Trump,” Washington Post, June 20, 2019,; Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Carl Hulse, “Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough,” New York Times, April 25, 2019,; Sean Sullivan, “Liberals go after Joe Biden, trying to blunt his presidential candidacy and the recent centrist surge in the Democratic Party,” Washington Post, June 2, 2019,; Karen Tumulty, “On abortion, Biden shows he is out of step with his party,” Washington Post, June 5, 2019,; Elise Viebeck, “Joe Biden was in charge of the Anita Hill hearing. Even he says it wasn’t fair,”
    Washington Post, April 26, 2019,;
    Matt Viser and Annie Linskey, “Tensions ripple through Biden campaign as his past working relationship with a segregationist senator comes to the forefront,” Washington Post, June 20, 2019,; Matt Viser and Sean Sullivan, “Biden faces backlash over comments about the ‘civility’ of his past work with racist senators,” Washington Post, June 19,
  10. [10]J. Herbert Altschull, Agents of Power: The Media and Public Policy, 2nd ed. (White Plains, NY: Longman, 1995).

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