FAKE NEWS: Sex, Lies, And Donald Trump
Okay, you knew this was going to happen. But to be blunt, I’m just amazed the Drive-By Lefties rushed into something like this, so soon. Especially with all the hubbub over “fake news”. You would think, considering all the scrutiny that implies…the press would bide their time, wait until they build some level of trust again. And then—maybe—do one of these Unnamed Reliable Source hit jobs. But now?
And it’s also how shoddy this whole hit really was. Heck, even The New York Times shook its old grey head at the, er, questionable journalistic ethics of it all. BuzzFeed and CNN didn’t even try. They just threw these allegations out there, without any claim to verification, hoping The Seriousness Of The Charge would stick, as it so often has.
I’m reminded of a classic scene from Unforgiven, where Gene Hackman explains to Saul Rubinek that shooting on the draw is highly overrated—that the key to winning a gunfight is taking your time and minding your aim. “But, if the other guy is faster—” “Then he’ll be hurrying and he’ll miss.”
And so, BuzzFeed dishes out nonsense about Donald Trump, hookers, and the Presidential Suite of a Russian hotel. Basically a load of “It’s worse than I thought! Not only were they in cahoots over the election—now we got sex and the call of nature!”
Anyway, BuzzFeed’s excuse for all this? Ben Smith, editor-in-chief, put it like this:
“We published the dossier, which Ken Bensinger obtained through his characteristically ferocious reporting, so that, as we wrote, ‘Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the U.S. Government.’ Our presumption is to be transparent in our journalism and to share what we have with our readers. We have always erred on the side of publishing.”
Said every supermarket tabloid, ever.
Seriously…even Smith himself goes on to say, “As we noted in our story, there is serious reason to doubt the allegations.” Which of course, Mr. Smith, begs for the question: So why publish the story?!
Apparently, because it “reflects how we see the job of reporters in 2017.”
So what’s CNN’s excuse, for legitimizing the story by running with it?
Essentially? “Uh, hey don’t look at me—I dunno nothin’!”
Donald Trump, of course, is not amused—smacking down a CNN reporter with a great big “You are fake news.”
So it is. The Lefties in the press have gotten so unhinged over The Don, they can’t even cover up their incompetence at their jobs, anymore. In their desperation, they throw any attempt at professionalism, let alone ethics, out the window…dragging themselves down to the gutter of Weekly World News. Lois Lane must be banging her head against the wall, poor girl. “Unverified sources”, and all that.
Next up on CNN: BuzzFeed reports alien visitors bring Elvis back.
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Eric was raised by Conservative Christian parents, but first became especially passionate about politics in high school, through reading up on economic theory. He also first read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged around this time, for the ARI's essay contests. He now owns a great deal of Ayn Rand's work. Also included in his library are the collected works of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Ann Coulter, etc.
Eric is no stranger to writing commentary, as the writer of the Conservative Considerations column on CampCampaign.com, and as a film critic and commentator on FlickRev.com. He has also carried on the Conservative tradition of talk radio commentary, as the host of "Avengers of America" for the USF student radio station, Bulls Radio. In the meantime, he is practicing what he preaches: Striving to enter the professional realm of Hollywood, he has already written and directed short films for the Campus MovieFest, which can be found on his YouTube channel, Hard Boiled Entertainment.