The biggest acts of media malfeasance in 2020

#4 — “Anonymous” revealed, hilarity ensues:

We tend to have short memories in this business, sometimes chalked up to selective amnesia. Because, if you recall, the op-ed written by “Anonymous” and published in The New York Times was one of the biggest stories of 2018. And, when looking at the way the Times portrayed that anonymous author, one would have no choice but to believe that perhaps the president’s chief of staff or vice president or chief counselor or Defense secretary was behind the scathing rebuke of the president, which included calling into question his mental state. Why? Because the Times called this person a “senior administration official.”

Well … turns out Anonymous wasn’t exactly this big deal in the White House with direct access to the president, as the piece titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” implied. The author, Miles Taylor, was chief of staff to Kirstjen Nielsen when she headed Homeland Security, which doesn’t get you a seat in the Oval Office for the important meetings to which Anonymous said he was privy.

The 34-year-old has since resigned and signed with CNN as a staunch critic of Trump (because those are in short supply). Initially, he insisted on the network that he was not Anonymous. When it was revealed he was behind the op-ed and lied on the air, the network kept him on anyway.