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Jeffrey Goldberg Defends Use Of Anonymous Sources: “These People Are Not Anonymous To Me”


“The Atlantic” editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg joined CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday morning to defend his reporting based on anonymous sources that President Trump referred to dead American soldiers as “losers” and “suckers” during a trip to France in 2018. Trump strongly denies the accusation and accused Steve Jobs’ widow of “wasting money he left her on a failing Radical Left Magazine (Atlantic) that is run by a conman (Goldberg).” “I would fully expect more reporting to come out about this and more confirmation and new pieces of information in the coming days and weeks,” Goldberg told CNN’s media correspondent Brian Stelter on the aptly-named “Reliable Sources” this week. “We have a responsibility and we’re going to do it regardless of what [Trump] says.” “We all have to use anonymous sources, especially in a climate where the president of the United States tries to actively intimidate,” Goldberg said of his editorial decision to cite anonymous sources. “These are not people who are anonymous to me.”

“We are not going to be intimidated by the president,” Goldberg said. “We’re going to do our jobs.” The Biden campaign and anti-Trump Lincoln Project quickly pounced on the story over the weekend, with the DNC releasing this new ad:

Goldberg also spoke out on CNN on Friday:

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