New York Times: Trump allies work to discredit journalists, plus April Ryan's bodyguard goes too far and the media reacts - 2019-08-26
Allies of President Donald Trump have started a campaign to discredit news organizations and journalists they consider to be anti-Trump. The "aggressive operation" aims to publicize damaging information about journalists to "undercut the influence of legitimate news reporting."
This is all according to a story in Sunday's New York Times by Kenneth P. Vogel and Jeremy W. Peters. According to the story, the group already has released information about journalists at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times. The information comes from closely examining more than a decade's worth of public posts and statements by journalists. The story said, "Only a fraction of what the network claims to have uncovered has been made public … with more to be disclosed as the 2020 election heats up."
The Times said it is impossible to independently assess the claims about how much damaging information this group has, but that material publicized so far has "proved authentic, and much of it has been professionally harmful to targets."
The White House has denied knowing anything about the operation. The Times named Arthur Schwartz, a conservative consultant and "friend and informal adviser" to Donald Trump Jr., as a key figure in the force to take down journalists. (As CNN's Oliver Darcy noted, The Daily Beast's Maxwell Tani wrote about Schwartz and this topic in January.)