Fake news attack against Trump

NY Times:

Trump Received Unsubstantiated Intelligence on Ties to Russia

  • The uncorroborated summary says that Russia had salacious information about President-elect Donald J. Trump.
  • It is based on memos generated by political operatives seeking to derail Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
Trump has denied the allegations.  He used his Twitter account to issue a statement, "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!"
Shortly after, BuzzFeed News posted a 35-page document compiled by a person claiming to be a former British intelligence official. The dossier, which made unverified allegations, alleged the Russian government had been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years.

The document claimed Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, met secretly with Russian officials in Prague in August 2016.

Cohen also took to Twitter to deny the allegations, tweeting a photo of his passport.

"I have never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews," he wrote.
I would describe it as more of a hatchet job than a witch hunt.  That Buzzfeed and others published it unsubstantiated allegations says more about their character than it does of Trump.

Erick Wemple at the Washington Post writes:
BuzzFeed’s ridiculous rationale for publishing the Trump-Russia dossier
It appears to me that it probably boiled down to click bait and animosity toward the President-elect.

Russia has also denied the story.


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