Zero Hedge's Anonymity Policy

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Friday being a slow news day, stories going around today purport to identity one of Zero Hedge's contributors. Ironically, each piece seems to reference another media outlet as a source in an interlocking circle of recursive reference that boggles the mind.

This, by our very rough count, is the fourth widespread rumor floating around purporting to identify a Zero Hedge contributor or staff member. As a matter of policy, Zero Hedge does not comment on the identity of the nearly 40 contributors of staff members that constitute our little family. Now does, however, seem an opportune time to remind readers to read our manifesto, our full-disclosure policy, "How To [Read/Tip Off] Zero Hedge Without Attracting The Interest Of [Human Resources/The Treasury/Black Helicopters]," and 1-2 and Marla Singer's missive on "The Financial Media."

Zero Hedge contributors and staff are not so narcissisticly married to fame that we find it necessary to take credit for our content. Nor do we believe that any amount of author reputation is (or should be) able to prop up a bad piece. We credit our readers with the requisite intelligence and skepticism to do their own fact checking and assign their own credibility ratings to our content. We cannot say the same for many of the other "financial journalists" out there.

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leathaface's picture

The last paragraph says it all.  Well done TD 

SpartanTnT's picture

TD, who gives a damn what MSM says.Keep up the great work as you have obviously touched a nerve.

Peter North's picture



RE who TD is... It's about THE MESSAGE not the messenger. I weep for America because this simple concept is forgotten or ignored.

Mos's picture

Does it really matter who TD is?  To be honest I really don't care and his identity doesn't change the truth of the message.  I wish the media would focus more on the message and less on the messenger. But alas I may be asking too much...

MsCreant's picture

All 40 of you, please don't tell, don't breathe a clue as to who you are. Please.

Anonymous's picture

reading ZH is like i'm listening to Happy Harry Hardon run pirate radio out of his basement

keep kicking ass TD

fuck the establishment

Talkhard's picture

Finally a commenter who will understand my name as it is one of HHH's signature tag lines!  "Talk hard; I like that.  I like the idea that a thought can go somewhere uninvited..." Of course the line was inspired by the Eat-me-beat-me Lady.  Talkhard everyone!

dark pools of soros's picture

TD could be any of the ones who work at ZH.. Next TV call, have another voice do the honors to keep them guessing I think old Max was a little bored on the detailed delivery of the last episode... throw a curve and have a female call in next

flyfe's picture
flyfe (not verified) MsCreant Aug 21, 2009 4:47 PM

You're correct. Here's the link for committee membership:

john bougerel's picture

It is a hoot, and you certainly have gotten under the skin of 

MSM. Let the ire continue, it's quite an entertaining spectacle. 


On another note, thank god that you revealed there are 40 contributors to ZH. As a financial blogger, I know how hard it is to post 3-4 times a day and work at the same time. I couldn't figure how you guys can rifle off 20 or more a day, and the reading that all that would require. I felt like a mental midget thinking you guys were just one or two folks.Greatly relieved, I feel like less of a mental midget now.  :-)




djchill2's picture

Nice ZH...stick to what counts...kick ass content and let your content stand for itself.  Those who are looking to identify you are just trying to divert their readers attention away from the fact that their content sucks!

ShankyS's picture

Tell Elvis I'm a huge fan, will you please.

Anonymous's picture

So why did the person identified in one of the stories confirm that he is a contributor? Why not "no comment"? Or is "no comment" seen as a tacit admission anyway?

Anonymous's picture

because, when Romans had defeated the slaves and were searching to crucify their leader....all present said, "I am Spartacus!"

zeropointfield's picture
zeropointfield (not verified) Aug 21, 2009 2:27 PM

Of course we cannot be sure whether he acutally does 'contribute'. Since ZH doesn't comment anyone can claim to write or speak for ZH.

Problem Is's picture

I guess if I was barred from the financial industry and probably unemployed or under employed I would go:

"Yeah that's it yeah, I write for Zerohedge..."

Sure would help my income potential a little in the near future as I cash my unemployment check...


Anonymous's picture

well, who was the master @ chartres, beauvais or, to use some mainstream stuff every liberal/american sniffs, notre dame?
in angels we trust

Anonymous's picture

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera says anonymity makes it impossible to know whether the content is true.

Just a total logical fallacy. "We need to be able to attack the arguer and not the argument."

Howard_Beale's picture

Michelle is a fucking idiot.

Anonymous's picture

Michele is a fucking bimbo

Sqworl's picture

Michelle Cabrona Cabra...translation Michelle Fucker 

Anonymous's picture

Michele Caruso Cabrera = Boobs

Anonymous's picture

yes but she is a hot babe. come on, cut her some slack. do we have a choice when it comes to hot babes? :)

zeropointfield's picture
zeropointfield (not verified) Aug 21, 2009 2:33 PM

Now I understand. This is all about world views. They don't belief in concepts like science. If their high-priest says its true than it must be true. No questioning allowed even if the facts are contrary.

I feel reminded of the middle ages.

Howard_Beale's picture

Wow, and I thought I was old.

zeropointfield's picture
zeropointfield (not verified) Howard_Beale Aug 21, 2009 4:31 PM

but I don't look my age.

Green Sharts's picture

Caruso-Cabrera is Larry Kudlow with tits and a nasty streak.

Anonymous's picture

I hear ya, Michelle. So like when Ben Bernanke says recovery is here, like you know, we know who he is, so it must be true.

ToNYC's picture

The Unknown Comic says MCC should wear a bag over her head and if she was funny we'd laugh. So much for the messenger. The mafia works by the same rules, it's 'who' first, the 'what' we know what we're doing. The truth is for praying for, almost never found on TV with anonymous producers shouting in their ear to stop this and that making sure it doesn't get out.

Anonymous's picture

Que this:
Zero Credibility.
You should have seen this coming. Do you think you could trash GS and they wouldn't do some digging?
Ok so now Daniel is only one of forty?
Be upfront man. You're acting like a little scared bitch.

Anal_yst's picture



Chillax.  Of course any and all of us who rely on our anonymity/psuedonymity to tell our side of the story know what's possible, and, likely, in the "long run," inevitable.

If you don't understand that the message is more important than the messenger though, please, do us all a favor and turn back to your TV and enjoy your bubblevision.

We'll be here when you decided you're ready to handle some truthiness in your life.

dark pools of soros's picture

they didnt even give joan of arc any slack once she lost her cover... imagine what they would do to Tyler

SDRII's picture

Dick fuld is that you

B_Movie's picture

Isn't that the system in place, propaganda spreads via repeaters.

One source ... followed by distribution without fact checking ?

Anonymous's picture

You go girl....boy.....whatever.

Anonymous's picture

mouth breathing morons nipping at your toes

Anonymous's picture

I'm ZH Spartacus.

Anonymous's picture

I am Spartacus.

Eduardo's picture

I donated again. Please do not give up

Anonymous's picture

Ok, I admit I did Google for every former bond trader named "Nic", before that effort was deemed a wild goose chase.

ToNYC's picture

'Nic' is huge! You got nothing!

quant-this's picture

I hear that ZH is in fact run by the administration; what a better way to control the media than by secretly controlling the opposition. Some even say that he might be Timmy himself using the blog as a way to get back at his step daddy Mr.Goldman-Sachs. 

I also heard that Marla was raised by wolves until she was 9, but that seems improbable.

Marla Singer's picture

You will hear from my attorneys.

Ducky's picture

but not on a moonlit night

Anonymous's picture

I lol'd