CNN released a very serious report claiming that intel chiefs had evidence that Russia had salacious blackmail info over Trump. So Buzzfeed went ahead and published an unconfirmed report that had very salacious details about what that information might be.
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) January 10, 2017
Yeah, pretty disgusting. Others have poked holes in the story, noting that some of the proper names are spelled wrong, and thus spurring controversy over whether it was within standard journalistic practice to publish. The report had been floating around news circles, but no one published it because it wasn’t confirmed. So why did Buzzfeed go ahead with it now?
BuzzFeed's splash has become more certain in the last 20 mins re: its bombshell report pic.twitter.com/YFPSlgkrPB
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 11, 2017
The 2016 intel report (via BuzzFeed) claims Russia has been cultivating Trump for FIVE years. Huh? Why would they? pic.twitter.com/p8ekJBwgd8
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 11, 2017
Of course, Trump critics ran with it, and started making tasteless jokes on twitter:
I'm sure Trump is pissed.
— Grace Helbig (@gracehelbig) January 10, 2017
What I imagine Kellyanne Conway will say: What Mr. Trump was doing in that hotel room was just demonstrating trickle-down economics.
— Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) January 10, 2017
Once seen, it can't be unseen. pic.twitter.com/FcdQZspP1R
— AgainstTrumpDude (@TheAmishDude) January 11, 2017
"I don't care if it's accurate! You can't say that Trump got 'pissy' about anything." – Newsroom editors.
— Wil 'Ban the Nazis' Wheaton (@wilw) January 10, 2017
Donald Trump owes allegiance to only one nation: Urination.
— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) January 11, 2017
Buzzfeed’s editor, knowing that they would get blowback, even put out a letter explaining why they did it:
BuzzFeed's Ben Smith explains to staff why they published Trump-Russia document: pic.twitter.com/qMhRYgf7Qt
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) January 11, 2017
But the more important part of the report supports the claims made in the CNN bombshell:
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) January 11, 2017
So, who knows.
Here’s a great video from CNN explaining their scoop, which we posted about earlier:
Our report just now: https://t.co/S8UDLSCU0Z
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2017