Breitbart reporter Matthew Boyle, who’s been very chummy with Team Trump over the last couple of years, wrote Davenport was “actually soliciting government employees to become leakers. What’s more, the emails demonstrate the Times colluded with the president of government union to encourage and solicit these leaks.”
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple took that mockery to his blog, asserting Breitbart and other Trump-backing folks don’t understand journalism at all. The headline was "Breitbart confirms it has no idea what journalism is." He wrote:
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There’s much more to Davenport’s email, and each line is unassailable — a reporter diligently trying to find inside information critical to U.S. taxpayers. It is journalism, and its very practice is under siege from people who don’t understand it. These days the siege often targets the New York Times, whether the assailant is Matthew Boyle, the National Rifle Association, the vice president or the president. An increasing chunk of the media critic’s portfolio in these times is standing up and saying, in defense of the New York Times: This is journalism.