Politics

New York Times’ publisher defends op-ed in meeting of US news leaders

New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, left, and Nancy Ancrum, editorial page editor of the Miami Herald, address attendees at an Associated Press Managing Editors conference in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Sulzberger defended the paper's running an anonymous op-ed criticizing President Donald Trump's leadership to the meeting of U.S. news leaders. (AP Photo/Paul Weber)
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New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, left, and Nancy Ancrum, editorial page editor of the Miami Herald, addressed attendees at an Associated Press Managing Editors conference in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday.

AUSTIN, Texas — The publisher of The New York Times says an anonymous opinion piece criticizing President Trump’s leadership ‘‘added to the public understanding of this administration and the actions and beliefs of the people within it.’’

Publisher A.G. Sulzberger on Tuesday defended running the op-ed to a meeting of US news leaders in Austin, Texas. The Times said the column was written by a senior administration official who claimed to belong to a group working to thwart Trump’s ‘‘worst inclinations.’’

Sulzberger wouldn’t reveal any details about the author. Trump has called for the newspaper to turn over the name and says the US Justice Department should investigate.

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Sulzberger says the newspaper didn’t think there was a way to get the information out there without ‘‘some guarantee of anonymity.’’ He said Trump’s reaction underscores why the newspaper thought that was important.