That story was another flagrant example of media mendacity. The NYT journalists who wrote it should be consigned to oblivion – but they won’t be. If they were lied to by their anonymous sources, they should call them out – but they won’t. So there is NO accountability for lying, or for trading in lies (as the NYT journalists and so many other journalists do). They used to say never trust anyone over 30. That was always a dubious statement. It is anything but dubious to say never trust any journalist, regardless of age.