An Open Letter to My Anonymous Tipster

Yesterday I received in the mail a padded manila envelope containing nothing but an unlabeled CD. So I took it back to our I.T. guy and said, “Here, please infect your computer with this mysterious disc, because my MacBook Air doesn’t have a CD drive.” The disc turned out to be harmless — at least to the computer. I’d like to address the person who sent it to me.

Dear tipster, thank you for thinking of D Magazine. I spent about an hour yesterday reading through the hundreds of personal emails, going back several years, you were kind enough to send. I didn’t read every single one. After the first 50 or so, I think I got a pretty good idea of what you wanted me to understand. I skimmed from that point.

D Magazine is not inclined to publish information about a couple’s messy divorce, even if that couple is a high-profile one. If there were a larger issue at stake, something in the public’s interest, that would be a different matter. From what I gathered, this divorce doesn’t come anywhere near meeting that standard. It’s just a sad, ugly, very personal situation. I deleted the emails from the computer I used to read them. And I’ve thrown the CD in the trash.

But there is something — or some things — you sent that I will make use of. The eight Forever stamps on the envelope weren’t canceled. Those I will reuse. Cheers.

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Comments

  • Brad Johnson

    No idea who/what this is about, but thank you for your discretion.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    I appreciate your discretion. Things obviously didn’t go as planned.

  • DubiousBrother

    Without having seen the emails it sounds to me like weekly “recaps” with fake identities and a little imagination might be better than the housewives show, no discretion needed.

  • TLS

    Time for some self reflection. Why would this person believe that you would be interested in this “sad, ugly, personal situation”? Is it because your blog and print magazine has often been very gossipy and personal? (The answer is yes.)

    • That’s a total burn on us. Thank you for your note.

  • JamieT

    This was the most tantalizing sentence in the whole post:

    “I deleted the emails from the computer I used to read them.”

    • Allow me to explain further. As I say, I used a computer back in our I.T. shop. That machine is a loaner that goes on the road with D Empire employees. I wanted to make it clear that I left no trace of them on the machine.

      • JamieT

        Tim, ask someone you consider a friend to explain how this story gets better as you continue to tell it.

  • Anne10718

    I’m thinking that if the anonymous tipster had provided the deets on a usb stick they wouldn’t be the last anonymous tipster still using CDs in 2016.

  • Alexandra Holmes

    My biggest takeaway from this is that somebody, somewhere still uses cd’s….