Buzzfeed Editor Says 'Job of Reporters in 2017' is to Publish Slander on TrumpChris Menahan
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According to Buzzfeed editor Benjamin Eli Smith, the "job of reporters in 2017" is to publish unverified, slanderous opposition research on Donald Trump, even though it's riddled with factual errors and devoid of evidence.
Tuesday night, Buzzfeed dropped months old memos allegedly compiled by an unnamed "former British intelligence agent" hired by anti-Trump Republicans and then later by Democrats to dig up dirt on Trump.
Despite saying the report is "unverified," "potentially unverifiable" and they've come up with no evidence to actually verify the slanderous claims within, they published the memos anyways.
Trump responded by saying it's "a total political witch hunt" and "fake news."
[Updated w/ more Trump tweets.]
Nonetheless, Ben Smith shared his reasoning for publishing the documents in a memo he sent to his staff and posted on Twitter.
As you have probably seen, this evening we published a secret dossier making explosive and unverified allegations about Donald Trump and Russia. I wanted to briefly explain to you how we made the decision to publish it.He believes the job of reporters is to publish any slander they get on their desk in the hope people will believe it.
Tons of reporters, including Julia Ioffe whose claim to fame was writing a hit piece attacking Melania Trump's father, chose not to run with the story despite being given the opportunity.
NRO's Charles C. W. Cooke responded to Smith's twitter post with mockery:
Others pointed out how Smith also sent this out in a memo just 12 days ago:
While the report reads like a total hoax, what does make it noteworthy is that it shows the intelligence community is at total war with Donald Trump and is trying to take him down by any means necessary.
Chuck Schumer threatened Trump earlier this week by saying the intelligence communities "have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you."
That's clearly what's been happening.
CNN says the traitor John McCain delivered the memo to the FBI.
Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.This is John McCain working with foreign intelligence agents -- there's no such thing as a "former" intelligence operative -- the CIA, and our domestic intelligence agencies to plot a coup against Donald Trump.
This is straight-up treason.
If this coup fails and Trump actually succeeds at getting into office, we could actually see these traitors brought up on charges.
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