I'm pretty sure it's poor form to use the word Tweets
as both a verb and a noun in the same title but it's been a long day. First, a little bit
of background information.
Kurt Eichenwald is an award winning journalist, a senior writer for Newsweek
and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair
. He spent the
better part of two decades at the New York Times
and was a Pulitzer
finalist in 2003
"For reporting that disclosed how pharmaceutical
companies secretly paid doctors to test drugs on patients". He's also a NYT bestselling author of non-fiction works including Conspiracy of
about the Enron scandal and The Informant
about Archer Daniel Midlands whistleblower Mark Whitacre, a book which was the basis for
the 2009 Soderbergh film The Informant!
(which was a decent flick btw).
In other words, this guy is basically what a lot of us like to think we are after a few drinks and too many hours on ATS.
Kurt Eichenwald is also the author of yesterday's Newsweek
How the Trump Organization's Foreign
Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security
which I admittedly haven't had a chance to read yet.
I don't know if he has a YouTube channel or not (that's a joke folks, lighten up ffs) but I believe we can all agree that with bona fides like that,
he's a notable journalist of some regard which is absolutely the only thing that makes this next part at all interesting.
Tuesday he tweeted the following which were screencapped by Rolling Stone
, before being deleted:
In response to Reiff, he tweeted this
The sequence of the tweets led some to believe that the "big story" he referenced was an article about Trump having been institutionalized in 1990
when in fact it was the cover story that he was referring to. In his response to Reiff, he's clearly stating that his reason for deleting the tweets
was the confusion they were causing and I have no reason to doubt that. That's not the interesting thing here of course — the interesting thing is
that he'd just frickin' tweeted:
"I believe Trump was institutionalized in a mental hospital for a nervous breakdown in 1990, which is why he won't release medical records.
He also appears to have be implying that this Trump institutionalized in 1990 business was a (an other) "major thing" though the wording is a bit
unclear: "Topic is other major thing"
Now that all that's out of the way, we can get to the wanton speculation!
It's obvious that in the middle tweet he's putting out a request ("fishing" might be another way of phrasing it) for anyone with information regarding
Trump's taxes or medical condition to email him. Less clear is whether or not he was looking for sources to substantiate his hypothesis about Trump
being institutionalized in 1990. My gut feeling says, "most likely."
The question remains: What would even lead Eichenwald to a hypothesis like that?
(Aside from the fact that Trump seems to be if not outright
insane — far less than stable — to perhaps tens of million of people. Yea yea yea, that's why I posted it in the Mud Pit you deplorable
A hunch? A rumor? An anonymous tip? A confidential source who refuses to stand by the allegation? I can't help but notice that he said "I believe" and
not something less certain. To be fair (I try, honest I do and I know the most honest people, amazingly honest people. So honest folks. Believe me),
we can't rule out the possibility that he was he just asking the question to get for the purposes muckracking but it's certainly tantalizing isn't it?
That's the sort of thing that could end a campaign overnight.
What do we think ATS?
edit on 2016-9-15 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)