We still don't know who wrote the anti-Trump op-ed that appeared in the New York Times, but Trump ally Roger Stone thinks he's figured it out. "I have a theory that no one wrote it," he tells CNN in an interview cited by Real Clear Politics. "Meaning that it’s a fabrication. A McGuffin." That may sound unlikely, but Stone is not the only person in conservative circles to float the theory in recent days. Mediaite notes that Fox News panelist Candace Owens suggested the same thing Sunday night. “How do we know it’s not just the New York Times publishing that?” she asked.
When two others, including former White House press chief Dana Perino, voiced skepticism, Owens responded, "But we don't know. There's no transparency." And on Monday, Armando Simon at the Daily Caller wrote that he's "surprised that no one has considered another possibility, that it is a hoax, concocted within the New York Times." A counter-argument? To suggest that the Times "editorial board conspired to invent a Trump administration official and wrote a bombshell op-ed by their fictional character trashing the president" is just a "batty conspiracy theory," writes Aidan McLaughlin at Mediaite.