It is perhaps the most disgusting example of “fake news” in the past few years: the Trump “dossier.”
Yes, an error-ridden document was paraded around the media as the reason why Donald Trump shouldn’t have been elected president…and why he shouldn’t be trusted now when it comes to relations with Russia.
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And yet, at the end of the day, there has been nothing it produced — nothing but dismay, disaffection, and more distrust of the media — and now an admission from a top Obama official.
How have the media handled this salacious episode? Some doubled down. Even though they knew they were focusing on rumor and totally unsubstantiated smears that Trump has vehemently pushed back against, they decided to go to town on their bet that disgusting allegations made against the president-elect were appropriate for spreading, thus lending credence to them.
Making things worse, the major players in the scandal actually cast doubt on the documents while refusing to repudiate them entirely.
“I emphasized that this document is not a U.S. Intelligence Community product and that I do not believe the leaks came from within the IC. The IC has not made any judgment that the information in this document is reliable, and we did not rely upon it in any way for our conclusions,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said in a Wednesday statement, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I expressed my profound dismay at the leaks that have been appearing in the press, and we both agreed that they are extremely corrosive and damaging to our national security,” he added in describing a phone call he made to the president-elect.
For those of you who haven’t heard what’s in the so-called Trump “dossier,” consider yourself lucky. It’s basically a vile messageboard version of what various liberals think that Trump’s sexual preferences are. But, apparently, that’s driven American foreign policy, and boy does BuzzFeed want to jump up and down about it.
You may have heard about its most salacious contents (which, out of decency, we won’t detail here). However, there is a significant problem in the whole narrative, and it involves Michael Cohen.
Who is Michael Cohen? He’s a Trump attorney, and in the sick, perverse world of the Trump conspiracy dossier, he was in Prague at a certain time to facilitate a strategic rendezvous.
Now, here’s the problem: Cohen maintains, and certain media outlets have supported his claim, that he has never been in Prague.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) January 11, 2017
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