Reporters threw support behind Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold after President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE’s son Eric blasted the journalist for providing his contact information and offering to take information from a Trump organization employee. 

Eric TrumpEric TrumpTrump extended Secret Service protection for family members in final days in office: report MyPillow CEO says activists pressuring stores to drop product are trying to 'cancel me' Pardon talk intensifies as Trump approaches final 24 hours in office MORE tweeted “These are the tactics used by the @WashingtonPost. @JeffBezos – you should be very proud…” 

In Fahrenthold’s email, he writes “I’m very sorry to bother. I’m a reporter for the Washington Post, and I cover the Trump Organization as a business. As part of that, I try to make sure every Trump Org employee has my contact information. You know the company so much better than I ever could. I’d like your help to make sure I don’t miss something important.”


“If you ever want to get in touch with me, I’d be glad to talk ‘on background,’ meaning I’d never use your name in any story, or tell anyone else that we spoke. All my contact information is below, including details for how to reach me on encrypted apps,” Fahrenthold continues.

Reporters from across publications took to Twitter to defend the reporter, arguing that the email was professional and well within his rights as a journalist.  

“Wow. An extremely respectful and professional email,” Matt Fuller, a Congress reporter for HuffPost tweeted.

“Lol is this supposed to make Fahrenthold look bad? He looks like a total pro here,” The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay tweeted.

“You really nailed him here Eric…. A reporter asking for information!” reporter Sam Stein joked.

Others also joked about how “polite” Fahrenthold’s email seemed. 

Others also pushed back on Trump’s suggestion that the email was a bad “tactic” from the Post.

New York Times reporter Astead Herndon said it was "quite nice of Eric Trump to show young journalists everywhere a model template for reaching out to sources."