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Why the Buzzfeed debacle
damaged journalism and
handed Trump a gift

Fox News, by Howard Kurtz

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 1/12/2017 7:22:28 AM

For Buzzfeed to publish totally unsubstantiated allegations against Donald Trump—while saying “there is serious reason to doubt the allegations”—turns the practice of journalism on its head. It is a perversion of what we do for a living to spew out material that may be nothing more than bogus rumors and disinformation, and to claim, as Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith does, that this is “how we see the role of reporters in 2017.” The president-elect and his team decided yesterday to tackle this head on, to take the fight to both Buzzfeed and CNN, to make the media the issue rather


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Historybuff, 1/12/2017 7:54:54 AM     (No. 11105584)

And should damage them - the urge to be first rather than correct has brought the self destruction.

How long did they sit on and then spike the story of the blue dress?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chillijilli, 1/12/2017 7:58:53 AM     (No. 11105593)

It´s quite possible that at Trump´s next presser or in a Tweet flurry he´ll turn the tables on CNN by asking their reporters questions like this:
"I´ve heard, but don´t know, and can´t get any verification about it---but...
Is it true you exposed yourself to your 6 year old neighbor?
Is it true that your favorite sex perversion is ____?
Is it true you had domestic abuse charges filed against you?
Is it true that on APR 14, 1997 at a dinner party in Geneva you called Hillary a wicked b**ch and Bill a serial rapist?
Is it true that you groped your young intern and promised her ___ if she ___?"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Muguy, 1/12/2017 8:14:48 AM     (No. 11105615)

The FACTS don´t matter, only furthering the "agenda" and filtering out anything that is contrary to the agenda.

Who is it giving the marching orders of the agenda?

People who don´t agree are to be ruined in the media, but the country finally had enough of being told how bad they were, how stupid they were, and tired of being told how to live.

The BS factor and a dislike of Hitlery and the exposing of how corrupt and dishonest those pushing the agenda were finally aroused the people who are not on the liberal coasts to take action against it.

The country is not as young and hip and impressionable as those below 30 who got the obamanation elected in the first place.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bubby, 1/12/2017 8:16:42 AM     (No. 11105619)

FTA "After the presser, Tapper told viewers: “I suspect we are seeing here is an attempt to discredit legitimate responsible attempts to report on this incoming administration with irresponsible journalism that hurts us all.”"

Lol! Does anyone here believe this? NYT, Washington Post, LAT, ABC, CBS, NBC - legitimate responsible reporting? That is a howler!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/12/2017 8:30:54 AM     (No. 11105656)

8 long years of the so-called press being supine for Obama and now they suddenly find their spine.

C´mon Howie - admit that your profession has been a joke for the past 8 years.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Bugboy, 1/12/2017 8:44:43 AM     (No. 11105682)

Journalism died when it sold its soul to the socialist-communist/progressive left and became nothing but a propaganda mouthpiece for them.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/12/2017 8:51:23 AM     (No. 11105696)

Dancing around the CNN presentation concerning the Buzzfeed garbage does not exonerate them. Doesn´t convince me, and therefore I am sticking with the rock solid knowledge that CNN (the former Clinton News Network) does indeed present "Fake News".

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Reply 8 - Posted by: paral04, 1/12/2017 9:18:21 AM     (No. 11105735)

The Trump family needs to sue this hell out of these people and give the money to the VFW or some other worth while Veterans organization. CNN needs to be another law suit candidate. Enough already!!!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: kdog, 1/12/2017 9:53:29 AM     (No. 11105793)

I hope Trump never forgets the role "pivot-man" McCain had this.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dvc, 1/12/2017 12:56:12 PM     (No. 11106131)

Howard did a good job on this, as usual. He is rising on my list of writers worth reading.

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