While BuzzFeed alone created the false report, which was based, naturally, on anonymous sources, it was not alone in revealing its desire to be rid of Trump. Much of the political class embraced the story without doubts because they wanted it to be true. Dems in Congress instantly pledged investigations.
Then there are the so-called journalists who swallowed the report without trying to confirm it themselves. Many touted it as the Holy Grail while inserting the ridiculous phrase, “if it’s true.”
Not so long ago, no respected journalist or news organization would go public with something unless they had enough evidence to reach the conclusion it was true. The bigger the story, the higher the threshold of necessary evidence.
Not Friday. Then the biggest possible story was presented with the least possible evidence. “If it’s true” is an admission of malpractice.
It’s been a bad week for Buzzfeed. Much more here.
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