Tucker Carlson butted heads with the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, Ben Smith. They discussed BuzzFeed‘s publication of the rumor claiming ties between Trump and Russia.
“Clearly, BuzzFeed News has a pretty open political agenda masquerading as journalism,” Tucker said. “I think you are hiding behind journalistic standards, when, in fact, they’re political imperatives.”
Smith, of course, defended the publication of the rumor. He wrote, in an op-ed addressing the public, “You trust us to give you the full story; we trust you to reckon with a messy, sometimes uncertain reality.”
The editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed claimed he was giving the American public a chance to see the information and decide for themselves. It’s not the job of the media to jump on every little rumor — they could never cover it all. They must decide what is worth our time — this wasn’t.
This dossier was reportedly given to them by government officials. Originally, it was handed over to the FBI by Senator John McCain, who says he could not determine whether it was truthful or not. If he can’t, what chance do the pretend-journalists at BuzzFeed have?
In reality, all they were doing was fear-mongering and trying to further discredit our president. There is no other reason to post it.
Not to mention if the dossier did have real information, the “officials” could have sent it to a legitimate news source and not BuzzFeed. It seems like legitimate sources must have turned it down.
The most BuzzFeed does is make silly videos about dogs and cats. If someone truly wanted to get the information out there, then they should have sent it to a different publication or several publications. It’s shady that they sent it to only one liberal “news” site.
Of course, although Carlson tried to present Smith with common sense, reality, and facts, Smith denied everything. I don’t consider BuzzFeed to be a legitimate news site because no one goes there for news — but that doesn’t excuse them for furthering slander.
Not only that, why contribute to fear-mongering against Russia? Why are liberals so threatened by the Slavic nation? Or is it merely a convenient scapegoat?
This is merely a ploy, something to make Trump’s time in the White House more difficult. I hope the people named in this dossier do sue BuzzFeed for every penny they have — the American people can get their cute animal videos from somewhere else.
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