Pathetic leftwing BuzzFeed is defending publishing an obviously fake news report claiming Russian ties to Trump. This is the absolute height of hypocrisy for an organization that claimed to be against “Fake News.”
According to Polizette:
The online news site BuzzFeed on Tuesday published a letter containing salacious allegations — which even the left-leaning outlet acknowledged are unverified — against President-Elect Donald Trump.
The letter, purporting to come from a retired British intelligence agent, details Trump’s alleged relationship with Russia and contends that the Kremlin has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for at least five years.
“Even Donald Trump deserves journalistic fairness.”
It alleges that Russians have been feeding Trump intelligence on his opponents, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, for years. It also details Trump’s alleged “personal obsessions and sexual perversion.”
BuzzFeed acknowledges that it has not verified the accusations and even notes that the document contains a number of basic factual errors. Yet it published the full document.
“Now BuzzFeed News is publishing the full document so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government,” BuzzFeed wrote.
It is a shocking breakdown of journalistic ethics.
Even Mother Jones declined to publish the full details and dossier.
3. I accurately characterized the memos-this is important stuff-but didn't publish details. Even Donald Trump deserves journalistic fairness
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) January 11, 2017
“Even Donald Trump deserves journalistic fairness,” tweeted David Corn, Mother Jones’ Washington Bureau chief.
Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief, defended the decision in a memo to staff.
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 11, 2017
“Our presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers,” he wrote in the email he subsequently shared on Twitter. “We have always erred on the side of publishing. In this case, the document was in wide circulation in the highest levels of American government and media.”
Astonishingly, though, Smith cast doubt on whether the story his site published was true.
“As we noted in our story, there is a serious reason to doubt the allegations,” he wrote. “We have been chasing specific claims in this document for weeks, and will continue to.”
Smith drew sharp rebukes from other reporters.
Not how journalism works: Here's a thing that might or might not be true, without supporting evidence; decide for yourself if it's legit.
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) January 10, 2017
Okay, fellow journalists, raise your hand if you too were approached with this story. (I was.)
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) January 10, 2017
New York Times reporter Adam Goldman heaped criticism on both BuzzFeed and CNN, which aired a version of the story Tuesday but did not publish all of the unverified details.
— Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) January 11, 2017
One of the most outrageous unconfirmed allegations in the report claims the Russians recorded Trump watching Russian prostitutes urinate on each other in a Moscow hotel room. This document was reportedly faked by the users of the underground website 4chan. They leaked the document to #NeverTrumper Rick Wilson who tried to peddle the story to anyone he could get to listen to him.
Then there’s this…
If these journalists were real journalists and not fake journalists then they would have found that the original documents did not conform to CIA or UK intelligence requirements. US or UK intelligence would never say “CONFIDENTIAL / SENSITIVE SOURCE.” The Trump-Russia intel document headers are “CONFIDENTIAL / SENSITIVE SOURCE” and the source is allegedly ex-MI6. The US and UK don’t use that header in ANY sensitive material.
It looks like the liberal mainstream media got punked — again. And if that wasn’t enough. There is this.
35 page PDF published by Buzzfeed on Trump is not an intelligence report. Style, facts & dates show no credibility.https://t.co/twa8pJMMtP
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) January 11, 2017
So once again we have CNN reporting on something BuzzFeed has reported that they flat out say is unverifiable. and that there is serious reason to doubt the allegations.
In essence. CNN reported Fake News about Fake News. When is this insanity going to stop? What do you think? Comment below.
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