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How BuzzFeed crossed the line in publishing
salacious ‘dossier’ on Trump

New York Times, by Margaret Sullivan

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Posted By:Honeybadger, 1/12/2017 6:45:27 AM

Where does transparency meet irresponsibility? Right at the line that BuzzFeed’s editor Ben Smith approached Tuesday and decided to step over in the name of serving citizens’ best interests.With caveats and explanations aplenty, Smith published a 35-page “dossier” — actually just a bunch of scurrilous allegations dressed up as an intelligence report meant to damage Donald Trump.Smith said he did so because his, and BuzzFeed’s, preference and philosophy is, essentially, “When in doubt, publish.” But at many other news organizations, the rule is caution: “When in doubt, leave it out.” In this case, the doubt should have prevailed. News organizations and


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Reply 1 - Posted by: InvestiGator, 1/12/2017 6:56:54 AM     (No. 11105518)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/12/2017 7:00:49 AM     (No. 11105524)

The author mentioned Trump´s "dubious" relationship with Russia. That is quite an incendiary adjective that really should be expanded upon or left out.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: gone2pot, 1/12/2017 7:21:19 AM     (No. 11105547)

Oh yeah??!!!! Here´s the TRUTH and PROOF about the shower of gold!!! I just hope CNN can get it soon enough as well as the US Intel services and McQueeg to stop Trump immediately!!!


If it loads slowly or not at all, ZH is probably going through DoSS stuff similar to what someone is doing to Drudge. Can´t wait to find out where all the DoSS is coming from. My money´s on Langley.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Udanja99, 1/12/2017 7:35:09 AM     (No. 11105556)

LOL, #3. Thanks for sharing that!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Bubby, 1/12/2017 7:47:31 AM     (No. 11105575)

When will the msm hold an awards party for the BuzzFeed reporter who reported this "fake but accurate" garbage like they did for Dan Rather? Despite these tepid repudiations from the msm they are secretly over joyed that this got out. I´m sure they regret not releasing it right before the election now but they were so confident hillary would win in a landslide that they didn´t - no need for the October surprise this time. How I loathe the msm.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Muguy, 1/12/2017 8:21:31 AM     (No. 11105629)


The constant and continual drumbeat of the agenda pushers never waivers as long as they can find true believers to keep pushing the lies.

They took a stab at trying to trump TRUMP by getting unvetted material and making a drive by charge like TRUMP did with Ted Cruz, and it backfired.

They were hoping to slide it through like they do most of their crap, but it failed, and like Hitlery and the DNC rigging the primary against Bernie, Senator McPain failed to weaken TRUMP in a RINO battle for control of the country.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FLCracker, 1/12/2017 8:33:25 AM     (No. 11105659)

So what´s the difference between BuzzFeed and the National Inquirer?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: starbaby, 1/12/2017 8:47:14 AM     (No. 11105689)

The National Enquirer is more credible.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 1/12/2017 9:17:01 AM     (No. 11105733)

This is the same ol´ same ol´ that´s been going on for a long time now. The only difference is that the smear was in writing as opposed to some reporter keeping it in his or her head.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/12/2017 9:18:52 AM     (No. 11105736)

Notice how all the supposedly legitimate media have jumped onboard the Buzzfeed lead. How convenient. They pretend, now that Buzzfeed has put their libelous article out there, to write these follow-on articles in an analytical manner, but in fact they´re using it to further broadcast the content with impunity.

Nice try. Nobody is buying it. Fake news. Enemedia.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mabelkitty, 1/12/2017 10:43:41 AM     (No. 11105871)

The first article they published in an attempt to take down a Christian couple on the HGTV network should have been their first indication that the culture of the tyranny of the minority died.

Obviously, the poorly-educated who run that site will find out the hard way.

Lots of unemployables in media, entertainment, lobbying, and financial sectors coming up, and I couldn´t be happier.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: dvc, 1/12/2017 12:58:24 PM     (No. 11106136)

NYT, also scared of the "Fake News" hammer.

Not reading the article, but the subhead is clear enough.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: redwhite&blue2, 1/12/2017 1:25:13 PM     (No. 11106198)

"How the NYSlimes ALWAYS crosses the line in publishing salacious gossip on Trump"

It isn´t just buzzfeed, you idiot liars!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: danvillebill, 1/12/2017 1:28:20 PM     (No. 11106208)

#10 nails it.

It´s called ´advancing the story´

Buzzfeed was the provider of the story.

CNN was the first to do the advancing.

Followed by the rest of the herd.

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