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Goldberg Says He Kept Sources Anonymous Because People Would Be Mean On Twitter

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The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief said Friday he kept sources anonymous in a story about President Donald Trump because the sources didn’t wish to face “angry tweets and all the rest.”

Jeffrey Goldberg explained why he allowed sources to remain anonymous in his Sept. 3 story, “Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers,’” during a Friday interview on CNN’s New Day. The story alleges that Trump called fallen soldiers “losers” and “sucker” and cites four anonymous sources with “firsthand knowledge.”

Multiple former and current members of the Trump administration who were on the trip where Trump allegedly made these remarks have denied Goldberg’s story, according to NBC News.

“They don’t want to be inundated with angry tweets and all the rest,” Goldberg said of the anonymous sources. “And we push hard, and that’s why you have to sort of do this reporting with even more belt-and-suspenders approach. You know, dotted i’s and crossed t’s and find multiple sources for it.”

“Each time, this is a judgment call, right,” Goldberg continued. “Does the public’s interest in needing this information outweigh the ambiguities or the difficulties of anonymous sourcing? And in this case, I decided that I felt I knew this information well enough from high enough sources and multiple sources that I thought we should put it out.”

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  1. That’s a bucket of BS. IF<IF there were actually sources, it was his own ugly self he didn't want us to see. These past four years we've seen an explosion of people named "Anonymous"…all Democrats…that have no compunction manipulating and fabricating stories as validation.

    Even more alarming is the number that blindly 'buy in" without question or think for themselves…Who cares if it ruins lives of families or destorys a life's work ? I DO and that BIG GUY upstairs is watchng….& I hear that HE isn't fond of lies…just sayin'

    Are all of these "Anonymous" sources ashamed, fearful or greedy…..perhaps just made up?

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