In War on the Press, Trump Allies Weaponize Bad Posts - 2019-08-25
Everyone — even the the most dialed-in, savvy observer of the blink-of-an-eye Zeitgeist — posts dumb ideas online. And with this unlimited resource of bad tweets and Facebook screeds, one Trump ally intends to weaponize the old, bad ideas of journalists and leftist activists in an effort to discredit sound reporting on the president and other conservative figures.
According to a report from the New York Times, a new effort has emerged, involving the compiling of "dossiers of potentially embarrassing social media posts and other public statements by hundreds of people who work at some of the country's most prominent news organizations." One source familiar with the operation claimed that it discovered potentially "fireable" info on "several hundred" people. According to the Times, "among the central players in the operation" is 47-year-old Arthur Schwartz, who maintains connections to several of the president's close or former allies: He is friends with Anthony Scaramucci, has worked with Steve Bannon, and serves as an informal adviser to Donald Trump Jr. According to the Times, Schwartz's willingness to defend Trump has paid off:
Trained as a lawyer, Mr. Schwartz has endeared himself to members of the president's family by becoming one of their most aggressive defenders, known for badgering and threatening reporters and others he believes have wronged the Trumps.