Since The New York Times published
a piece allegedly written by a “Senior Administration Official,” speculation has swirled over who the writer could be. The New York Timesrefuses to name the author and admits publishing an anonymous op-ed is the exception, not the rule. In response to speculation the author is Vice President Mike Pence, his Communications Director, Jarrod Agen, wrote on Twitter
: “The Vice President puts his name on his Op-Eds. The @nytimes
should be ashamed and so should the person who wrote the false, illogical, and gutless op-ed. Our office is above such amateur acts.” Many in Trump’s orbit have called out the paper for promoting what they refer to as the “deep state.” Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowksi says
, “So, if there is a movement, which this individual claims there is and I haven’t seen it, that is what the deep state is. That is the government employees — some of them, who have their own agenda and not the agenda of the 60 million people that voted for Donald Trump to be the President of the United States.” President Trump repeated the “deep state” claim on Thursday morning. Trump writes
, “The Deep State and the Left, and their vehicle, the Fake News Media, are going Crazy- & they don’t know what to do.” In response to criticism, the Times has stood by their piece. “We are incredibly proud to have published this piece, which adds significant value to the public’s understanding of what is going on in the Trump administration from someone who is in a position to know,” a spokesman for The New York Times
says. A 2017 PRRI
survey found that 79 percent of Republicans believe that reporters have a personal or political agenda.