Once again, we had a “bombshell” story about the Russia investigation. And once again, it totally blew up in the mainstream media’s face. It brought liberal America to full froth. They licked their lips. They lusted for impeachment—and then it was exposed as straight trash. Who exposed it? Well, that would be the investigation helmed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose office issued a rare statement debunking the BuzzFeed article that President Trump directed ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a proposed real estate deal in Moscow. For an entire day, this was obsessed over—and then the devastating blow to the face. From the start there were issues, you already know what they are, but one glaring one was that authors Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold seemed to be on different pages concerning the evidence to back up their story. Cormier said he hadn’t seen the evidence, while Leopold said we’ve seen documents. On that too, the Mueller investigation said no such documents exist.
“We have seen documents. We have been briefed on documents. We are very confident in our reporting," BuzzFeed News reporter Jason Leopold, who co-wrote bombshell new report, says. pic.twitter.com/5RXOx8rvo0— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 18, 2019
The Washington Post and The New York Times did some cleanup of this total disaster of a story, and the former admitted that they speculated without fully confirming the story.
A rare ON the record statement from special counsel’s office: “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, & characterization of documents & testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate”— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) January 19, 2019
I ask is that CNN gives equal time to the retraction.... (um obliteration you got hit with from Special Counsels Office) that you gave to the #fakenews part of the story you all so desperately wanted to be true.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 19, 2019
Seems fair, right? https://t.co/zmYNakwUv5
So so sooooo embarrassing, for Buzzfeed and for ALL media who ran with the story, even with caveat of “if true.” Just. Stop. https://t.co/gS9oGGAICb— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) January 19, 2019
The entire premise of this story, which received wall-to-wall coverage, was based on "evidence" the reporters admitted they never even saw.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 19, 2019
Who could've predicted that the publishers of the phony dossier would get this wrong, too?https://t.co/enaIVvSNPu
I can’t speak to Buzzfeed’s sourcing, but, for what it’s worth, I declined to run with parts of the narrative they conveyed based on a source central to the story repeatedly disputing the idea that Trump directly issued orders of that kind.— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 19, 2019
Whoo boy this clip:— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 20, 2019
CNN: Mueller says your report is wrong. How does that make you *feel*?
BuzzFeed: Never great
CNN: People say you should be fired
BuzzFeed: I've been a reporter for 20 years
CNN: What if your sources are wrong?
BuzzFeed: They're not
OK. How embarrassing pic.twitter.com/VlwwtYJ54H
Mueller: BuzzFeed article is not accurate.— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 19, 2019
Chris Matthews: Not accurate doesn’t mean it’s not true.
And this is why Leopold won’t be appearing on CNN with Ben Smith. pic.twitter.com/kAVyQObXbc— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 20, 2019
JUST IN: BuzzFeed editor-in-chief responds to the special counsel's new statement: "We stand by our reporting and the sources who informed it, and we urge the Special Counsel to make clear what he's disputing." pic.twitter.com/f3qOs9r2XC— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 19, 2019
Via WaPo [emphasis mine]:
When BuzzFeed published the story hours later, it far exceeded Carr’s initial impression, people familiar with the matter said, in that the reporting alleged that Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and self-described fixer, “told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie,” and that Mueller’s office learned of the directive “through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.”
In the view of the special counsel’s office, that was wrong, two people familiar with the matter said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. And with Democrats raising the specter of investigation and impeachment, Mueller’s team started discussing a step they had never before taken: publicly disputing reporting on evidence in their ongoing investigation.
People familiar with the matter said after BuzzFeed published its story — which was attributed to “two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter” — the special counsel’s office reviewed evidence to determine if there were any documents or witness interviews like those described, reaching out to those they thought might have a stake in the case.
They found none, these people said. That, the people said, is in part why it took Mueller’s office nearly a day to dispute the story publicly. In the interim, cable news outlets and other media organizations, including The Washington Post, dissected its possible implications — even as their reporters were unable to independently confirm it.
At this point, all the warning signs are there:— Joe Cunningham (@JoePCunningham) January 18, 2019
1. Confirmation Bias
2. Unnamed/Anonymous Sourcing
3. No Documentation
4. Writer With A History Of Making Things Up
Well, at least, some publications had a tinge of mea culpa, but it doesn’t negate the overall fact: you people suck. That’s all anyone should say to the liberal mainstream news media over their horrific error in their reporting of this investigation. In fact, the entire news media has been straight trash when it comes to reporting on this White House or Russia collusion. CNN couldn’t read email timestamps properly concerning Wikileaks and Donald Trump, Jr. Over at ABC News, Brian Ross stepped in it, and tanked the markets, when he reported that then-candidate Donald Trump ordered Michael Flynn, who eventually became Trump’s national security adviser, to make contact with the Russians during the 2016 election. Actually, it was President-electTrump who directed Flynn to make contact after the election, which was part of your routine protocol in establishing the diplomatic groundwork of a new incoming administration. At CNN, they were harping on a lead that Trump knew in advance of the worthless Trump Tower meeting his son had with some Russians in which nothing major was disclosed, and it all turned out to be a colossal waste of time. The source said, “Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller.”
Who was the source? Oh, it turned out to be Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer. And he retracted everything he said prior. You can’t polish a turd. You can’t spin this. This is a total and complete defeat for the opposition press, who is suffering from an addiction to eating straight sewage from the trough that is the Russia investigation.
Now, that doesn't mean the liberal media won't try to defend BuzzFeed. They have, and it's totally pathetic. And BuzzFeed stands by their trash reporting.