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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

Dolores O’Riordan’s inquest, an explosive op-ed about Trump’s White House, and Burt Reynolds’ death – here’s your news fix.

NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.


Ras na mBan Stage 2 13 Rás na Ban: Imogen Cotter from Team NH finishes today's stage into Castlecomer after crashing. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan


Entertainment: Burt Reynolds Burt Reynolds poses for a portrait to promote his movie The Last Movie Star. March 2018. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

#FAKE NEWS: US President Donald Trump has called for the unmasking of an anonymous senior official who wrote an explosive article about his administration – Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have ruled themselves out. 

#PROGRESS: India has decriminalised gay sex in a move the Taoiseach said was an “enormous step forward”. 

#HOLLYWOOD: US actor Burt Reynolds died, aged 82.


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Trump New York Times Source: Richard Drew

We’ve had a fascinating week of news from the US: first in the form of extracts from Watergate journalist Bob Woodward’s book Fear, and secondly – the New York Times’ opinion piece from an anonymous top White House official, which has caused a fervour in Washington.

But Vanity Fair gave us a unique into just how secretive publishing the much-discussed article was: many NYT reporters and editors, including those in the Washington bureau, had no idea the piece was going to be published.

“…Times reporters who cover the White House now find themselves in the rather unorthodox and surely awkward position of trying to discern the identity of a source whose anonymity is being protected by another department of their own organisation.”

“I’m obviously very concerned about preserving the anonymity of the writer,” the editorial-page editor James Bennet said, “but I understand reporters are doing their job.”

As an NYT investigative reporter put it: “…Is the entire newspaper bound by the promise of anonymity? I don’t think so, but this is fascinating. Not sure if there’s precedent.”

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