Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Salacious and unproven claims Russian intelligence has personal and compromising information about president-elect Donald Trump have been reportedly circulating among high-ranking politicians and journalists for several months.

Now the allegations – contained in a document prepared by a former British intelligence official hired by Trump's political opponents – have controversially been made public.

BuzzFeed News has today published the 35-page dossier on its website, even while admitting the information was unverified.

The move raises major ethical concerns about the media's gatekeeping role, after a year in which the influence of fake news came to the fore during the US presidential race.

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"The New York Times said it would not publish the document because the allegations were "totally unsubstantiated".

It added in an article on the subject: "BuzzFeed's decision was sure to accelerate a roiling debate about the role and credibility of the traditional media in today's frenetic, polarised information age.

"Of particular interest was the use of unsubstantiated information from anonymous sources, a practice that fueled some of the so-called fake news – false rumors [sic] passed off as legitimate journalism – that proliferated during the presidential election.""

#1 | Posted by DRJIMMIES at 2017-01-11 07:28 AM | Reply

When I look at the lack of attention that the MSM paid to Crosscheck, it does not surprise me that they ignored this story as long as they could too. IT wasn't only the Russians trying to get Trump elected. He received more free air time and space on many newspaper front pages than any candidate in history. The corporate media is all in for Donald Trump. They ignore any story detrimental to him while giving his podium 30 minutes of coverage on CNN. He is the candidate they chose for us, the dummies among us voted for him. They should take all the blame for whatever idiotic things he does as President. We are going to need to re-invent media in this country because what we have now is too corrupt to be trusted. Congratulations to Buzzfeed for having the guts to put out that which the Trump friendly media refused to put out because their darling candidate might get upset.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-01-11 08:26 AM | Reply

Sing that sad, sad broken-record "Crosscheck" tune one more time, wontcha, Ella? No one can do it like you.

#3 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-01-11 09:13 AM | Reply

#3 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-01-11 09:13 AMFlag: (Choose)FunnyNewsworthyOffensiveAbusive

The supporter of a broken man needn't be worried about broken records.

Having said that, the truth cannot be repeated often enough. Republicans cheat electorally. Donald's a Republican, and a sociopath. That's why no one's rejecting the possibility of his traitorship out of hand.

Donald should have been working over time this last year to document what a good man he was. Hope he takes his hidden finances and chokes on them.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2017-01-11 09:31 AM | Reply

watching republicans drown in this controversy is hillarious hahah

#5 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-01-11 09:39 AM | Reply

#6 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-01-11

Donald is a Birther. Whether or not he is a traitor, I feel Karma at work here.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2017-01-11 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Watching "progressives" being taken for fools"

bwahahhahaha just wait.. we are just getting our feet "wet"

#8 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-01-11 09:48 AM | Reply

The story hold's more water than most of the email stories you believed or the birther controversy or the whitey tapes you are still waiting for.

Take your accusations of stupidity to someone not soaked in controversy.

#10 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-01-11 10:21 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I seem to remember all the hand-wringing and clutching of pearls by conservatives over Bill Clinton's indiscretions with Monika. "How will parents explain oral sex to their children," was a common refrain.

Regardless of its veracity, this story's out there now. So how will parents explain golden showers to their children?

#goldenshowergate

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2017-01-11 10:21 AM | Reply

"So how will parents explain golden showers to their children?"

Come to the retort....that is one way.

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2017-01-11 10:23 AM | Reply

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"Come to the retort....that is one way." - #12 | Posted by eberly at 2017-01-11 10:23 AM

I don't know about that, Eb. Unless it is on the Nooner, it would look something like this:

"Golden ---- is when one person ---- on another person's ---- and they get all ---- about it."
More confusion than enlightenment.

#13 | Posted by Hans at 2017-01-11 10:31 AM | Reply

good point.

#14 | Posted by eberly at 2017-01-11 10:37 AM | Reply

BuzzFeed published the document because the Washington Post reported on its existence and the fact that the president and president-elect both were briefed on it.

That legitimized the decision to publish. The allegation that Russia believes it has blackmail material on the next president compels the media to publish everything it can find out about that situation, including the thing he could be blackmailed about.

We've been through this dance before. When Bill Clinton was secretly sexing up an intern, Matt Drudge ran Newsweek's spiked story when it was leaked to him. One of the rationalizations for this act was that a president could be blackmailed about an affair while it remained secret.

#15 | Posted by rcade at 2017-01-11 10:54 AM | Reply

"BuzzFeed published the document because the Washington Post reported on its existence and the fact that the president and president-elect both were briefed on it."

I've heard reports that they were briefed on it and reports that they weren't. To be determined I guess.

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-01-11 11:00 AM | Reply

"So how will parents explain golden showers to their children?"

It's how the strong show their love for the weak, just like trickle down economics.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-01-11 11:06 AM | Reply

So how will parents explain golden showers to their children?
#goldenshowergate
#11 | POSTED BY HANS

Simple explanation. "You know how I told you kids not to pee on each other? Well apparently Donald Trump's parents forgot to tell him that.

#18 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-01-11 05:33 PM | Reply

Didn't buzzfeed also break the story that Michelle Obama is a man?

#19 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2017-01-12 09:52 PM | Reply

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