Buzzfeed Publishes What Appears to Be Fake News About Trump in the Name Of Journalism
With trembling hands Buzzfeed prepared its loins for the massive amount of internet traffic they were about to receive. It was fake news through and through, and they heavily admit that at every turn. It outlines various unscrupulous purportedly perpetrated by Trump, not least including him hiring hookers to piss on the bed that Obama once slept on. Because that’s just the sort of symbolic tomfoolery Trump does.
Here’s the fake document here. (damn, that’s tiny). Go to Page 2, paragraph 3 for the juicy bit (although it’s riddled with fun juicy bits, highlighted for your benefit.)
The Buzzfeed post stipulates multiple ways in which the document is probably fake, including the fact that the British Intelligence agent who wrote it couldn’t spell his code team “Alpha Group” right, often spelling it “alfa”.
Not only that but at every turn the document rings alarm bells, including a weird sort of bracketed commentary.
Michael Cohen, Trumps lawyer emphatically shot it down when probed about it. “It’s so ridiculous on so many levels. Clearly, the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping that the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they might have.”
Ben Smith, Buzzfeed Editor-in-Chief’s reason was that it “reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.” and that it was up to everyone else to make up their minds about whether it was true or not.
“We have always erred on the side of publishing.”
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 11, 2017
This comes at a time when the topic of fake news is still hot. Except normally it’s on the side of supporting Trump, rather than him pissing on stuff.
At this point things are still in the air, but there’s starting to be noises that 4chan may have had a hand in creating the docs, which then got circulated all the way up the chain of command.
While it’s fun to indulge in this sort of stuff to earn some more traffic for your website, David Lee from the BBC points out a likely scenario of what the fallout of this may be.
Prediction: report about Trump is debunked, makes him even stronger, lessens impact of genuine scoops from here on in.
— Dave Lee (@DaveLeeBBC) January 11, 2017
This post may be totally unwarrented though, since anyone even half switched on can smell a rat, after all, it was on Buzzfeed.
Jesus Christ, killjoys, we KNOW the Trump story is unverified. It was on fucking Buzzfeed beside a story about a cat that looks like Cher.
— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) January 11, 2017