Will you read 'A Warning' by 'Anonymous'? | The Tylt
Will you read 'A Warning' by 'Anonymous'?
When the anonymous official wrote their op-ed, they faced immense criticism for not owning up to their testimony. With a full book coming out, critiques have not changed. According to many pundits, the writer should be bold and own up to their allegations. As Anonymous originally wrote in in the New York Times of President Donald Trump's behavior:
The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.
Remaining behind a curtain and acting under some false pretense of heroism is only hurting the country. They should come forward and allow the government's proper checks and balances to take place, rather than retreat deeper into obscurity.
Per the New York Times' Alexandra Alter, the news release announcing "A Warning" confirmed the anonymous author did not receive an advance for the book. Any royalties from book purchases will also be donated to nonprofit organizations focusing on government accountability and freedom of the press. According to some, this confirms the nature of the authors motives:
“The author could have easily gotten a seven figure advance and the author refused it,” Mr. Latimer said in an interview with the Times. “The book is a public service, in the author’s view.”
Critics of the Trump administration have lost their patience for warnings with no backing. In their mind, the author should either come forward fully—meaning sacrificing their position in the administration—or not at all.
Those familiar with the content of "A Warning" say the author has legitimate reasons for remaining anonymous. As the Times' Alter reports, the books' publishing house, Twelve Books, and it's publisher, Sean Desmond, feel confident the author's reasons are valid:
“Anonymous explains in the book why they won’t reveal themselves as the author — and I found those arguments persuasive,” Mr. Desmond said. “And part of the reason for the anonymity, I think, is to present the story of this Administration without filter, without fear of reprisal from the President, and to tell the truth about what’s going on in this White House.”