Jeanine Pirro, Greg Gutfeld Go Full Tinfoil Hat: The New York Times Wrote the Op-Ed


Here’s a conspiracy theory so crazy that it’s almost impossible to fathom that it’s gaining steam on one of the major cable news networks: The explosive New York Times op-ed, written anonymously by a senior Trump administration official, was actually written by the New York Times.

The entire New York Times editorial board, according to this theory, conspired to invent a Trump administration official, and then wrote and published an op-ed bashing the White House — attributed to their fictional official. Everyone working inside the Trump administration is perfectly happy with the president’s performance, the theory goes, so the Times editorial board must be lying to us.

This lunacy was floated by Candace Owens on Fox News Sunday night. Understandable, as Owens is an Infowars alumnus. Dana Perino, appearing alongside Owens, at least appeared skeptical of the claim.

Greg Gutfeld, co-host of The Five, endorsed the theory and expanded on it in one of his monologues Monday.

Gutfeld’s iteration of the theory proposes that the Times ran the piece to “trim the sales” of Bob Woodward‘s book and “hurt the paper’s chief rival, the Washington Post.”

The Fox News host then suggested that Trump should accuse the Times of having written the op-ed (something even our conspiracy theory-minded president has been hesitant to do) as a means of outing its author.

“Without further notice,” Gutfeld declared, “I’m going to assume that the Times wrote it, until they prove otherwise. Because, the thing is, they should want to clear their name by proving to me that somebody else wrote it.”

“Who do you think wrote this?” Gutfeld asked Fox News host Jeanine Pirro.

“I think the New York Times wrote it,” she said. “But what do I know. No one knows.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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