Buzzfeed isn’t doing itself any favors in the eyes of Donald Trump. They recently published a 35-page dossier about Trump that was unsubstantiated. A dossier is a collection of documents that relate to a person or event.
The dossier supposedly had details of Trump’s personal life as gathered by Russian intelligence. Donald Trump hit back hard, accusing Buzzfeed and CNN of creating fake news.
Many in the media actually took the side of Donald Trump in this case.
CNN tweeted that they have journalistic integrity and would not publish something that was unsubstantiated or from a questionable source.
Buzzfeed also said the dossier was unsubstantiated and published it anyway.
In a memo to his staff, BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith explained that he decided to publish the memos because BuzzFeed’s “presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers.
This is where the old guard is up in arms. The recent Presidential elections were full of accusations of fake news and Buzzfeed’s actions agitated the established news sources. CNN and other media outlets contend they operate within boundaries; they check sources, verify facts, and get the story straight before they go to press. One veteran journalist said this:
“This seems preposterous, appalling, opportunistic, and lacking in basic ethics at every level,” media columnist Michael Wolff wrote. “Ethics are simple: you shouldn’t publish what you don’t know to be true.”
The Trump-Russia dossier causing the rift was also introduced earlier in the week to President Obama and President-elect Trump. And According to CNN, four intelligence heads all gathered to discuss it.
The classified briefings last week were presented by four of the senior-most US intelligence chiefs — Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, FBI Director James Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
One reason the nation’s intelligence chiefs took the extraordinary step of including the synopsis in the briefing documents was to make the President-elect aware that such allegations involving him are circulating among intelligence agencies, senior members of Congress and other government officials in Washington, multiple sources tell CNN
The Trump-Russaia dossier has some credibility already due to who is presenting it and its initial audience. The President of the United States does not get briefed on events that are not pertinent. CNN reported the British operative who assembled the dossier had an extensive network, which CNN was verifying. Buzzfeed scooped them by not verifying, but giving the public all the info. The four major intelligence chiefs wanted to bring this to Trump’s attention, saying that it was out there. Trump dismissed the accusations outright, saying to the effect that because he was a celebrity first, he’s always careful. He’s always surrounded by people, bodyguards, and others. He would be incredibly stupid to put his name in jeopardy like that.