The internet has been set ablaze since Buzzfeed published a 35-page document Tuesday alleging a “Russian hotel blackmail sex dossier” involving President-elect Donald Trump. It was later proven to be false.
It’s frankly outrageous and highly irresponsible for a left wing blog that was openly hostile to the president-elect’s campaign to drop highly salacious and flat-out false information on the internet just days before he takes the oath of office,” incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.
“According to Buzzfeed’s own editor, there are some serious reasons to doubt the allegations in the report.”
Buzzfeed published the document in its entirety, while CNN published a two-page synopsis.
“The fact that Buzzfeed and CNN made the decision to run with this unsubstantiated claim is a sad effort to get clicks,” Spicer added.
During the news conference, Trump got into a heated exchange with CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta after blasting both Buzzfeed and CNN.
“Mr. President-elect as you are attacking our news organization, can you give us a chance?,” Acosta asked.
“Your news organization is terrible,” Trump answered.
“Can you give us a chance to ask a question,” Acosta pressed further.
“Quiet. Quiet,” Trump advised Acosta before advising the CNN reporter that someone else was asking a question.
“Don’t be rude,” Trump said. “Don’t be rude. No I’m not gonna give you a question. You are fake news.”
— CNN (@CNN) January 11, 2017
Spicer advised Acosta after the incident that he would be thrown off the press corps should he engage in such behavior again.
CNN released a statement shortly after the news conference concluded.
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 briefing tell CNN.
CNN then had to correct its statement, noting the documents were “prepared” for Trump, not “presented.”
“We are fully confident in our reporting. It represents the core of what the First Amendment protects, informing the people of the inner workings of their government; in this case, briefing materials prepared for President Obama and President-elect Trump last week,” the statement read.
Source: Daily Mail