Wow, just when you thought the press couldn’t sink any lower, enter click-bait factory Buzzfeed.
A 35 page opposition piece full of rumors, libel and slander has been making its way around the beltway media and political landscape for over 6 months now, and everyone left it alone till now because it is nothing but unsubstantiated attacks on Trump. Then this week, CNN reported that the Intelligence Community (IC) had briefed both Barack Hussein Obama and Donald Trump on the scurrilous claims, without mentioning any.
Creating a whole new level of Fake News, Buzzfeed then published the slander in full, all 35 pages. Remember when the press actually did research and vetted stories? Ben Smith at Buzzfeed apparently doesn’t. He is actually priding himself on his determination to publish pure rumor.
Here are the Buzzfeed editor’s own words in an email to colleagues:
As you have probably seen, this evening we published a secret dossier making explosive and unverified allegations about Donald Trump and Russia. I wanted to briefly explain to you how we made the decision to publish it.
We published the dossier, which Ken Bensinger obtained through his characteristically ferocious reporting, so that, as we wrote, “Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the US government.”
Our presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers. We have always erred on the side of publishing. In this case, the document was in wide circulation at the highest levels of American government and media. It seems to lie behind a set of vague allegations from the Senate Majority Leader to the director of the FBI and a report that intelligence agencies have delivered to the president and president-elect.
As we noted in our story, there is serious reason to doubt the allegations. We have been chasing specific claims in this document for weeks, and will continue to.
Publishing this document was not an easy or simple call, and people of good will may disagree with our choice. But publishing this dossier reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.
Wow, really? You see reporters’ jobs in 2017 as publishing a collection of slanderous tripe just to get you some clicks and a bit of revenue? Looks like there is no journalistic integrity at all in 2017.