The Slimes coulda easily faked it.
They need to prove that they didn’t.
I am surprised they are buying it. It seems fake to me.
It is all too believable from this WH. Their guy in charge of hiring is a Priebus/RNC/GOPe operative—Johnny DeStefano.
He has basically screened out all MAGA hires and put in GOPe/uniparty Deep Staters. My guess for this one, however, might be Raj Shah. He’s supposedly disloyal and is in comms, so likely has both the connections to the NYT, access to top-level staff, and the ability to put such a piece together, at least to some degree.